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July 8, 2006

World Cup: Germany aiming to finish on a high

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The News Review:

* Jason La Canfora
* What should the England team do now?
* Germans praise ‘Godsend’ Klinsmann
* World Cup: Germany aiming to finish on a high
* Rooney gets two-match ban
* Old hands still call the tune
* … | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Sweden | Lagerback to…
* Greek soccer goes from fame to shame

Jason La Canfora
Washington Post – Jul 7, 2006
Actually, he’ll probable get into coaching at some point, or broadcasting. He clearly loves the game and I’m not sure he’ll be able to make a clean break. _______________________Stop the Flop!: Can nothing be done to stop the Italians from falling at the slightest contact? Don’t they (or their supporters) feel any shame about their behavior?Jason La Canfora: I’m thinking maybe electric dog collars that zap them in the neck when they flop, kind of like when Fido strays too far in the back lawn. To me with Italy, it’s not always the initial fall, but the writhing and rolling on the ground and the time wasting with the lead. _______________________Baltimore, Md… They really can’t find that next level when they need it, and I still question some of what Arragones was up to. I thought he needed to make Cesc and Reyes more the focal points in that midfield. Oh well, there’s always Euro 2008, when they can crash out again. _______________________Chicago, Ill. : You make light of it, but diving is going to prevent soccer from ever becoming more than a niche sport (however popular to that niche) in the U. If people are cool with that, then hey enjoy yourselves.

What should the England team do now?
BBC News – Jul 6, 2006
They should not give up and just keep on trying their best!. Sven promised us England to win against Portugal, yet we didn’t. Therefore bring on Steve McClaren!.

Germans praise ‘Godsend’ Klinsmann
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 6, 2006
But he is in a powerful position regarding the DFB: an early exit here would have ended his regime swiftly while reaching the final might have raised expectations beyond a sustainable level. Now he is at the stage where he has proved his methods work and it would appear curmudgeonly if the DFB dithered or tired to dilute the Klinsmann approach. This German team, moreover, has an opportunity to target Euro 2008 with the sort of confidence other nations lack. The 10 outfield starters against Italy in Dortmund had an average age just over 25½; Italy’s 10 had an average age just over 29. The defences had an even greater disparity. Italy’s back four averaged over 30, Germany’s under 24. But Per Mertesacker, 21, and Philipp Lahm, 22, have now played in a World Cup semi-final.

World Cup: Germany aiming to finish on a high
Taipei Times – Jul 8, 2006
PHOTO: EPA “We have to get rid of this melancholy, we still have a target,” the upbeat Brazilian said. “Third place at the World Cup is not to be sniffed at. We’ll go on to the field with the same dedication we’ve shown so far,” he said. The third-place match is often criticized as a lame duck, but the hosts, Portugal and FIFA have all put on a brave face before the game and a sell-out crowd will ensure a vibrant atmosphere… It was Germany’s first practice after Tuesday’s 2-0 semifinal loss to Italy. Portugal also have at least one player missing, with defender Ricardo Carvalho suspended and right back Miguel doubtful after limping out of Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat by France. Lehmann, meanwhile, has said he would wait to see whether Klinsmann stays on as coach before deciding whether to carry on in the national team until Euro 2008. Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann shone for the hosts in his first ever World Cup but was helpless as Italy scored two extra-time goals to dump Germany out at the semi-final stage. At 36 Lehmann is near the end of his career and admits his future hinges on that of Klinsmann, who picked him in goal ahead of veteran custodian Kahn. “I will think about my personal situation after the finals and certainly chat with Jurgen Klinsmann about it,” Lehmann said at Thursday’s press conference. “Like all the other players I hope he stays as everybody wants to continue his work.

Rooney gets two-match ban
Irish Times – Jul 8, 2006
The governing body found the 20-year-old striker guilty of violent conduct despite the English Football Association and the striker himself arguing his case. The Manchester United star will miss England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra on September 2nd at Old Trafford and Macedonia away on September 6th. In many respects, Rooney and new England coach Steve McClaren can feel relieved that Fifa did not impose a three-match ban or worse. The two-match ban means that Rooney will be available for England’s Euro 2008 qualifier at home to Macedonia at Old Trafford on Saturday October 7th. Fifa have also banned two Argentina players for their part in the fracas at the end of the quarter-final against Germany. Leandro Cufre has been suspended for four matches and fined £4,800 for kicking German defender Per Mertesacker in the groin… The governing body found the 20-year-old striker guilty of violent conduct despite the English Football Association and the striker himself arguing his case. The Manchester United star will miss England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra on September 2nd at Old Trafford and Macedonia away on September 6th. In many respects, Rooney and new England coach Steve McClaren can feel relieved that Fifa did not impose a three-match ban or worse. The two-match ban means that Rooney will be available for England’s Euro 2008 qualifier at home to Macedonia at Old Trafford on Saturday October 7th. Fifa have also banned two Argentina players for their part in the fracas at the end of the quarter-final against Germany. Leandro Cufre has been suspended for four matches and fined £4,800 for kicking German defender Per Mertesacker in the groin. Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez has been given a two-match suspension and fined £2,400 for throwing punches during the melee.

Old hands still call the tune
BBC News – Jul 6, 2006
Domenech is a keen amateur dramatist, and he has shown a flair for pure theatre and drama in pulling France around and setting up their appearance in the final in Berlin. He has been portrayed as an eccentric, a coach who once delayed naming his goalkeeper for a friendly against Costa Rica after he consulted the stars. Domenech’s left-field approach was underscored when it was revealed he had a distrust of Scorpios, and prefers his defenders not to be Leos because they may have a tendency to show off. But could it be that it is written in the stars that France will crown the international career of the great Zidane with a second World Cup win, and hand Thierry Henry the ultimate consolation for missing out on the Champions League with Arsenal?… It is very important, because if you play with inexperienced players there comes a moment when it becomes more difficult. ”

For Zidane, Vieira and the rest of the heroes of France 98 and Euro 2000, life at this World Cup has become easier. So “The Rolling Stones” of the World Cup go to Berlin on Sunday – what chance of another reunion tour for Euro 2008 if they beat Italy?.

… | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Sweden | Lagerback to…
BBC News – Jul 6, 2006
Several Sweden newspapers published opinion polls, with a large majority calling for the coach to step down following the exit. Lagerback has helped Sweden qualify for four consecutive major tournaments, three in a joint coaching role with Tommy Soderberg. Sweden begin their qualifying campaign for the Euro 2008 on 2 September with a trip to Latvia.

Greek soccer goes from fame to shame
Independent Online – Jul 7, 2006
Fast forward to this week, when the country’s most popular sport is shamefully contemplating an uncertain future after world governing body Fifa banned Greek clubs from European competition and also removed the national team from qualifying for Euro 2008, citing continued government interference in the running of the nation’s football federation (HFF). And while coach Otto Rehhagel and his team have not impressed much since 2004 – failing to qualify for this summer’s World Cup after finishing behind Ukraine, Turkey and Denmark in Group 2 – Greece are again in the spotlight thanks to a feud between HFF boss Vasilis Gagatsis and sports deputy minister Giorgos Orfanos. As it turned out the state coughed up the money much later, but a rift between the two men was beginning to open… Fast forward to this week, when the country’s most popular sport is shamefully contemplating an uncertain future after world governing body Fifa banned Greek clubs from European competition and also removed the national team from qualifying for Euro 2008, citing continued government interference in the running of the nation’s football federation (HFF). And while coach Otto Rehhagel and his team have not impressed much since 2004 – failing to qualify for this summer’s World Cup after finishing behind Ukraine, Turkey and Denmark in Group 2 – Greece are again in the spotlight thanks to a feud between HFF boss Vasilis Gagatsis and sports deputy minister Giorgos Orfanos. As it turned out the state coughed up the money much later, but a rift between the two men was beginning to open. Orfanos quickly ordered less funding for the federation and then began to work on legislation which would also exempt HFF of state aid, benefits, incentives and tax reliefs.

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