Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

July 7, 2006

… must look at himself for blame | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…

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* Ronaldo doubtful for England game | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
* Zidane conjures more magic | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
* Gerrard: Rooney not to blame | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
* … must look at himself for blame | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
* … speaking France’s secret weapon | World Cup 2006 |…
* Puyol denies fouling Henry | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
* Taylor by Beckham decision | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
* … fires passion in changing room | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
* Cannavaro praises Buffon | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited Footbal…
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Your views on Italy v Ukraine
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | England | Eriksson v…

Ronaldo doubtful for England game | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 30, 2006
Cristiano Ronaldo missed another Portugal training session today, and it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will play any part in tomorrow’s World Cup quarter-final against England. The Manchester United winger suffered a thigh injury during Portugal’s second-round victory against Holland, and has been receiving physio treatment since. “He might play, he might not. I don’t know,” said coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. “We’ll see tomorrow.

Zidane conjures more magic | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 2, 2006
‘Zizou president’ – on the night of 12 July 1998, those two words filled the night air like fireworks. And in a funny way, Zizou’s disciples really believed what they were singing. Zidane, the son of Algerian immigrants, the child of the Marseille banlieue come good, the man whose humility made him the most introverted kind of hero imaginable, he didn’t just unite football fans. It was inevitable there would be so many flashbacks here. France versus Brazil, with Zidane and Ronaldo on the pitch, it was impossible not to reflect on the drama that entwined these two players – the best of their generation – eight years ago. They shared a private joke in front of thousands of prying eyes here in Frankfurt in the seconds before kick-off… He will remember les Bleus. The full spectrum of emotions. Thigh strapped and legs shackled, he was part of the abomination that was France’s World Cup exit from the 2002 World Cup. Two years before that he was a great player playing out of his skin in a team designed around his brilliance. He was the arch trickster. He was the team’s metronome.

Gerrard: Rooney not to blame | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 2, 2006
getElementById( ‘frameId147807’ ). He received strong criticism as England were also then defeated on penalties in St Etienne. ‘Will he be vilified like me? Who knows?’ Beckham added. But Wayne is the future of the team… We went down to ten men, but these are the moments that you have to deal with in major tournaments and we didn’t. But no one will blame Wayne. People don’t point fingers in football dressing rooms, it just doesn’t happen. ‘I’ll have to watch the game on TV [again] but during it I thought we were better. You don’t get ten or eleven chances in a game – you only get three or four and we had them. We did not make the goals. ‘ Man of the match Owen Hargreaves had his best game for England in the holding midfield role and was the only player to score in the shootout.

… must look at himself for blame | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 3, 2006
“Part of the problem, perhaps, is that Sir Alex Ferguson’s handling of players with persistent behavioural problems seldom stretches to anything more imaginative than bawling them out, traditionally followed by a period of silence and then the arm-round-the-shoulder treatment. The Professional Footballers’ Association had recommended Rooney seek more expansive help after his outbursts during and after the Northern Ireland match but Ferguson, as old-school as they come, was said to be furious, believing it to be a matter for the club and not the players’ union. The fact, though, is that in the course of 20 months Rooney has been sent off in a World Cup quarter-final, picked up his first red card and an FA disciplinary charge for Manchester United, been substituted in a friendly against Spain to save him from early dismissal and, going back to the defeat in Northern Ireland, been caught on camera on the pitch mouthing off at David Beckham in abusive terms before apparently launching into Steve McClaren in the same fashion in the dressing room. The evidence is of a man whose brains are in his boots. Certainly there has been no more depressing sight than seeing Rooney sat alone on the team coach, his knees pressed against the seat in front, waiting for his team-mates to join him on Saturday. Rooney, head bowed, ashen-faced, avoiding eye contact, had left the stadium flanked by two security guards. It should never have come to that but this combustible genius should look at himself before pointing an accusatory finger at the more streetwise Ronaldo.

… speaking France’s secret weapon | World Cup 2006 |…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 7, 2006
Not only is their squad heaving with experience but the need to perform under the most intense scrutiny has become a familiar sensation. “For some 15 games we have been living with a knife at our throat,” the coach Raymond Domenech reflected yesterday. A fraught and unimpressive qualifying campaign went down to the final match, every friendly was then pored over amid further stutters and there has been no respite in Germany. Several countries swept into the last 16 with a game to spare but the guillotine was hovering over Domenech and his players before their final group fixture against Togo… “Vieira said communication between the team on the pitch and at half-time had been crucial to the semi-final victory over Portugal. No doubt the issue of retirements will crop up in their conversations before Sunday. Vieira noted that a World Cup triumph would be “a great finish for the older players” and Domenech is happy to hear such talk. “If the players think about this and want to surpass themselves then so much the better,” he said. “Everyone will do that little bit more for Zizou, Lilian, Makelele and all those that announced their retirement. “Domenech said the dressing room explosions of joy that greeted knock-out wins against Spain and Brazil were not replicated after the semi-final because the players realise they must now finish the job. Patience and clinical finishing are regarded by France as key tools against Italy, and their solidity against Portugal encourages them.

Puyol denies fouling Henry | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 29, 2006
It hurts though, considering how we went out – had France been superior to us I would have accepted it. “Puyol also claimed that Spain did not have luck on their side in Germany. Despite finishing top of their group after three consecutive wins, their reward was to face the 1998 world champions. “We lacked luck,” Puyol said. “We knew that we had the quality to go through but we also knew there was that possibility it could go the other way. “The Liverpool forward Luis Garc?a, however, believed France had performed effectively to limit the Spanish threat. “France knew what to do,” he said.

Taylor by Beckham decision | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 3, 2006
By offering Beckham the armband, Taylor broke with the tradition of England managers invariably selecting warrior-style England skippers in the Terry Butcher or Bryan Robson mould. Beckham’s elevation raised eyebrows, but Taylor insists the fast-changing nature of modern football demanded a different sort of player to lead England into the new millennium. “Players have changed, and football management has changed an awful lot in the last few years,” he said. “Just as a manager you can’t pin people up against the dressing room wall and eff and blind at them anymore, captains can’t go around shouting and screaming all the time these days. “The other players like and respect a captain like David, who can put his point across without shouting and swearing and who will listen to them. They won’t necessarily take to the old sort of captain so well anymore. I know David used to give a lot of thought to his job as England captain and how to deal with situations and in the modern game captains need to be thoughtful… “I was very happy to see David continuing in the job and I know David himself was very happy with his success as captain. “When I was made caretaker boss there were only three candidates for the captain’s armband – Gary Neville, Gareth Southgate and David. I decided on David because of the superb way he handled himself after getting sent off against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup. He never let me down and I don’t think he ever let England down as captain. “As time went on, I could see him becoming better and better in the role. That’s why I’m so surprised he’s given it up now. Without a doubt he’s been a very good England captain.

… fires passion in changing room | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 30, 2006
While the side’s captain cannot disagree completely with the verdict, David Beckham does have one irrefutable point to make in reply: “There have been better performances by other teams in this competition and they’re out. “It is a peculiar sort of satisfaction for England but they do not have the option of taking pride in their own displays. Improvement, however, is now mandatory in view of the opposition in tomorrow’s quarter-final. “We’ve done well to get this far with the way we’ve been playing,” Beckham said.

Cannavaro praises Buffon | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited Footbal…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 3, 2006
Questions were asked about what mental state the 28-year-old might be in after he broke off preparations in late May to speak to investigators as part of a probe in Italy into football gambling and found his club Juventus threatened with relegation from Serie A for alleged match-fixing, but he has clearly pushed all that to one side. Just as Oliver Kahn was vital to Germany’s run to the World Cup final four years ago, Buffon has stood out at this tournament. The only time he has been beaten in five matches came via an unstoppable own-goal, Cristian Zaccardo slicing past him to give the United States an equaliser. Well as Italy have defended, their record owes a good deal to Buffon’s reflexes at key moments. Though he has not been overworked, his reliability when called upon has made a difference. The two big saves he pulled off at a crucial point against Ukraine, one of which was followed up by a Gianluca Zambrotta goal-line clearance, were by no means unique… “When I think about my father and millions of other Italians who worked here, I feel very sad. “He is upset, too, with suggestions that the character of this tournament is more Gattuso than Ronaldinho. “That shows a total lack of respect for how I play and for football in general,” he said. “I dream of beautiful football and spectacular football just like everybody else. “After a tough season, after 60 matches, you have to play with a clear strategy and a solid team. It’s not that one champion can win all the matches.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Your views on Italy v Ukraine
BBC News – Jun 30, 2006
2052:FactsnotfictionIs everyone watching how to play football?! What a masterclass from Italy so far! Ukraine cant play, they want to but when you face such a well organised team, it’s curtains!

2047: SuperpolsyA textbook half for the Italians who look completely comfortable. 2038: TartanhyenaYou have to admire a team that can lose Nesta and Mattarazzi and still look completely solid. 2034: Electric Fish CakeAt this level, no player would settle for a defeat. You are two wins from playing in the World Cup Final, and you go out to lose? No player would do that. That is why you see matches go into extra time, there is too much at stake!

2026: TWWCWCThe Ukraine will probably settle for a defeat… 2038: TartanhyenaYou have to admire a team that can lose Nesta and Mattarazzi and still look completely solid. 2034: Electric Fish CakeAt this level, no player would settle for a defeat. You are two wins from playing in the World Cup Final, and you go out to lose? No player would do that. That is why you see matches go into extra time, there is too much at stake!

2026: TWWCWCThe Ukraine will probably settle for a defeat. 2018: GlobalsardaarjiItaly should be able to wrap up this one rather easily. My guess: Italy 2 Ukraine 0. 2012: BiskotYou can’t help but love Zambrotta; I think he’s the most important player in the Italian camp at the moment.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | England | Eriksson v…
BBC News – Jun 29, 2006
And Eriksson will be hoping it is third time lucky for him and his England side. Scolari’s Brazil knocked England out at the quarter-final stage of the 2002 World Cup and he repeated the feat with Portugal in the last eight at Euro 2004. To add extra spice to the rivalry, Scolari was the man the Football Association wanted to succeed the Swede as England boss. It is little wonder that Saturday’s match is being billed “Duel in the Dug-Out III”. BBC Sport pundit Leonardo, who played under Scolari for Brazil and was at AC Milan when Eriksson managed Lazio, says it is difficult to think of two more different coaches. “Eriksson tries to transmit what he wants from the players in a calm way, whereas Scolari is a motivator with big energy,” Leonardo told BBC Sport. WORLD CUP BLOG " " Our blogger Fletch

“Eriksson had a reputation in Italy for being very intelligent, a gentleman with a lot of class… They decided he wasn’t the same coach who was here before. “In contrast, the ambition is still there with Scolari. He is desperate to become the first coach to win the World Cup with two different countries. "You can’t blame this negative mentality on Eriksson, I’ve seen England display it for a long time" Brazilian World Cup-winning midfielder Leonardo

“Eriksson is a dead man, not alive any more. Scolari is a man full of life, who is inspiring the Portugal team as no-one has before. “I wish Eriksson could do the same with England, but I don’t think he can because he does not have the spirit to transform the players. ”

Leonardo does not agree with this damning verdict of the Swede.

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