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* Reader Response | 13.07.2006 Mourning Klinsmann’s Departure
* Staunton under no illusions
* CNN.com – FIFA bans Zidane for head butt – Jul 20, 2006
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Italy | Lippi resigns…
* Croatian coach Kranjcar is sacked
* Woodcock questions FA leadership
* Darren Bent commits to Charlton

Reader Response | 13.07.2006 Mourning Klinsmann’s Departure
Deutsche Welle – Jul 13, 2006
But some said they could understand his reasons. The following comments reflect the views of our readers. Not all reader comments have been published. DE reserves the right to edit for length and appropriateness of content. I have always been a German fan and probably will always be one and when Jürgen Klinsmann (who was my idol in the 1990 World Cup) took over the reins from Rudi Völler, I for one could not have been more proud. But having read all the criticisms that were constantly aimed at him, I can only respect his decision to leave… I just feel that Klinsmann should have stayed on at least until the 2008 European championship to bring on Joachim Löw more and help the team progress further. It is a young team of Klinsmann’s making and my only wish is that it hasn’t just been a “flash in pan” period for us and we can continue to make big strides forward. — Ash Chai

Being a die hard fan of the German team for such a long time , it’s been such a while that Germany has given me such an optimism about its future in football. Every thing seamed right until Klinsmann’s resignation. He gave the team a new identity, philosophy, self respect and most importantly a new direction. Try to bring him back, if not as a coach, at least as a coordinator of youth development. 2010 could be the German year.

Staunton under no illusions
Irish Times – Jul 12, 2006
Ireland face the World Cup bronze medallists in Stuttgart on September 2nd with Staunton expecting a stern test in the first competitive match of his tenure. Klinsmann stepped down as manager last night with Joachim Low named as his successor but Staunton does not believe the change in personnel on the touchline will blunt the German’s potency on the pitch. “The change of manager doesn’t alter the fact that they have a really strong squad including some of the stars of the World Cup,” Staunton said today. “Germany have one of the best teams in the world, the competition’s top goalscorer and were narrowly beaten by the eventual World Champions in the semi-final”.

CNN.com – FIFA bans Zidane for head butt – Jul 20, 2006
CNN International – Jul 20, 2006
He attended a hearing last Friday. The bans apply to international competitive matches, even though it is a symbolic ban for Zidane who has confirmed he has no intention of reversing his decision to quit the game. Materazzi will miss Italy’s opening two Euro 2008 qualifiers against Lithuania on September 2 and, ironically, France on September 6. "Zinedine Zidane has also agreed to do community service work with children and youngsters," FIFA said in a statement. "As Zidane has now retired from international football, the committee took note of Zidane’s pledge to do three days of community service work with children and youngsters as part of FIFA’s humanitarian activities. "In their statements, both players stressed that Materazzi’s comments had been defamatory but not of a racist nature. "During the course of their hearings both players also apologized to FIFA for their inappropriate behavior and expressed their regret at the incident.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Italy | Lippi resigns…
BBC News – Jul 12, 2006
Davide Lippi works at a player agency linked to the scandal and is under investigation for “illegal competition with threats and violence”. Lippi took over from Giovanni Trapattoni after Italy’s poor performance at Euro 2004. In two years in charge Lippi lost just two matches – a 2-0 defeat on his debut against Iceland and a 1-0 loss in World Cup qualifying against Slovenia. But following that reverse Italy went 25 games unbeaten, a run, their longest since 1939, that culminated in a first world title since 1982 and a leap up the world rankings to second behind Brazil… He was recently linked with a move to Manchester United as a potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. But the Italian was quick to reject the speculation – citing his lack of English as his reason for not moving to the Premiership – and United also denied the rumours. Italy’s next fixture is a friendly against Croatia on 16 August before the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign starts at home to Lithuania on 2 September. Four days later Italy face a re-match against France in Paris. They are in Group B which also includes Ukraine, Scotland, Georgia and Faroe Islands. Claudio Gentile, Alberto Zaccheroni and Roberto Donadoni are the early front-runners to replace Lippi.

Croatian coach Kranjcar is sacked
CNN – Jul 14, 2006
The national association’s (HNS) 19-member executive committee voted unanimously to replace Kranjcar, the report said, adding that a new coach would be named in a week. An HNS source told Reuters the FA was looking at a foreigner as a possible replacement. The new coach will lead Croatia in the Euro 2008 qualifiers against England, Russia, Macedonia, Israel and Andorra. Kranjcar, 49, took over in 2004 and enjoyed an excellent World Cup qualifying campaign, leading Croatia to the top of their group, ahead of Sweden and Bulgaria. Before the World Cup finals, Kranjcar said he was confident his squad would progress from its group, which included Brazil, Australia and Japan, but they failed to post a single victory. Although Croatia displayed little spark and scored only two goals in three games, Kranjcar insisted they had been physically and tactically well prepared and refused to take any blame for the failure saying "we just weren’t fortunate". He had also engaged in a war of words with the media, which accused him of favoring his son Niko as the team’s playmaker, despite his poor form… The new coach will lead Croatia in the Euro 2008 qualifiers against England, Russia, Macedonia, Israel and Andorra. Kranjcar, 49, took over in 2004 and enjoyed an excellent World Cup qualifying campaign, leading Croatia to the top of their group, ahead of Sweden and Bulgaria. Before the World Cup finals, Kranjcar said he was confident his squad would progress from its group, which included Brazil, Australia and Japan, but they failed to post a single victory. Although Croatia displayed little spark and scored only two goals in three games, Kranjcar insisted they had been physically and tactically well prepared and refused to take any blame for the failure saying "we just weren’t fortunate". He had also engaged in a war of words with the media, which accused him of favoring his son Niko as the team’s playmaker, despite his poor form. "We made it clear before the World Cup finals that if we do not advance in the second round it would be seen as a failure. This is exactly what has happened," the association’s chief Vlatko Markovic told journalists.

Woodcock questions FA leadership
BBC News – Jul 13, 2006
“You have to look higher than Eriksson,” Woodcock told BBC Sport. “When a company fails you look at how the organisation is run at the top. “I wonder whether the FA people ever ask themselves whether what they are doing is for the good of the game. “Where has chairman Geoff Thompson been – has anyone seen him recently?”

England exited the World Cup at the quarter-final stage after losing to Portugal on penalties, with Eriksson’s side never really living up to expectations in the five games they played at the tournament… His main idea was to create a new FA Board that reduces the professional game’s influence and moves away from the current set-up. “I know it is a minefield but you need strong leadership somewhere along the line right at the top,” said Woodcock. “What the hell is going on with our national game? Have a read of the Burns report – is anything being done about it or has it just been cast aside?

“Or do we now concentrate on Euro 2008 and everything is hunky-dory. “I have lived and worked in different countries and I have to raise my eyebrows. ”

Woodcock, the former Nottingham Forest and Arsenal forward, who broke the German transfer record when he moved to Cologne for ?500,000 in 1979, had been in talks with the FA over helping them when they were in Germany during the World Cup. Those plans never came to fruition and Woodcock insists his criticisms of England’s governing body are not sour grapes but are aimed at trying to improve the national game. He describes his dealings with the FA as a bureaucratic minefield and compared the national body unfavourably to the German Football Association (DFB).

Darren Bent commits to Charlton
rte.ie – Jul 18, 2006
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Striker Darren Bent has signed a new four-year contract at Charlton Athletic. The 22-year-old was the leading English scorer in the Barclays Premiership last season with 18 goals in the league and 22 in total following his move from Coca-Cola Championship club Ipswich. Bent, who was unfortunate not to be selected for England’s World Cup squad, had been the subject of intense speculation after being linked with the likes of Newcastle but he will start next season at The Valley where he will partner new signing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Bent told the club’s website: ‘I am delighted to bring to an end all the press speculation about my future. ‘(Chairman) Richard Murray knows I am committed to this club and although I am flattered to be linked with the biggest clubs in the country I owe Charlton a lot after they gave me my chance in the Premiership and the fans have been right behind me since I joined. ‘I have also been hugely impressed with our new manager Iain Dowie and his ideas as well as Les Reed and Mark Robson. ‘I have a good feeling about this season and if I can match what I achieved last season I will be delighted… ‘
The Cambridge-born striker was picked by former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson for the friendly against Uruguay and was expected to play a part in Germany. However, he was overlooked – failing to be chosen as one of the standby players – but he will be looking to impress new manager Steve McClaren and force his way into the reckoning with Michael Owen ruled out for the entire season. Now Bent will vie with the likes of Jermain Defoe and Andy Johnson to become an integral part of the Euro 2008 qualification campaign.

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