Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 10, 2006

Duff stunned by ‘shocking’ Republic display

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The News Review:

* Euro 2008 Round-up
* Podolski Booked as Germany Down Georgia 2-0
* We ended up a pretty sorry sight: Toshack
* Duff stunned by ‘shocking’ Republic display
* Welcome return of Mr Combustible
* Joachim Loew names his first squad
* RTÉ Sport: Red Devils sign Kuszczak in loan deal

Euro 2008 Round-up
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 10, 2006
Lawrie Sanchez’s team followed up last month’s superb 3-2 win over Spain with another impressive result against fancied opposition. The hosts enjoyed most of the play but could not break the deadlock. Striker Peter Lovenkrands headed wide early on, while Jon Dahl Tomasson was similarly profligate before Northern Ireland managed an attempt at goal through Burnley’s teenage striker Kyle Lafferty. After the break Martin Jorgensen shot just wide, while David Healy tested Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, who was later withdrawn with an apparent shoulder injury… Lawrie Sanchez’s team followed up last month’s superb 3-2 win over Spain with another impressive result against fancied opposition. The hosts enjoyed most of the play but could not break the deadlock. Striker Peter Lovenkrands headed wide early on, while Jon Dahl Tomasson was similarly profligate before Northern Ireland managed an attempt at goal through Burnley’s teenage striker Kyle Lafferty. After the break Martin Jorgensen shot just wide, while David Healy tested Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, who was later withdrawn with an apparent shoulder injury.

Podolski Booked as Germany Down Georgia 2-0
Deutsche Welle – Aug 10, 2006
Podolski aimed a kick while on the ground at Zurab Khizanishvili and Austrian referee Gerald Lehner had no hesitation in showing the Bayern Munich striker the red card. “I was provoked, but that should still not happen and there can be no excuses,” Podolski said. Khizanishvili joined Podolski in the dressing room 14 minutes later when he was shown a second yellow card for a tackle from behind on Mike Hanke. Goals in each half from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Germany captain Michael Ballack gave coach Joachim Löw his fourth successive victory since succeeding Jürgen Klinsmann after the World Cup… Poldi still on Slovakia roster

Podolski’s red card was his first in 36 matches for Germany. Khizanishvili tackled the striker from behind and was still on the ground when Podolski delivered the kick right in front of the referee. Since the booking came in a “friendly” match, the 21-year-old will still be able to take the field in Germany’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia on Wednesday. Georgia’s German coach Klaus Toppmoeller was satisfied with his side’s performance in an important test for before a Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy on Wednesday. “We showed we could play good soccer,” he said. “We wanted to play offensively and stay compact and I think we succeeded. We created some good chances in the first half.

We ended up a pretty sorry sight: Toshack
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 10, 2006
Wales have now lost both their opening Euro 2008 qualifiers and the 5-1 home defeat by Slovakia ended with his side being jeered from the Millennium Stadium pitch. But the Wales manager insisted it was not his worst moment in football, claiming: “It comes nowhere near. I’ve been sacked twice by Real Madrid, don’t forget. “Toshack was clearly disappointed with 39-year-old goalkeeper Paul Jones who had a nightmare match… Wales have now lost both their opening Euro 2008 qualifiers and the 5-1 home defeat by Slovakia ended with his side being jeered from the Millennium Stadium pitch. But the Wales manager insisted it was not his worst moment in football, claiming: “It comes nowhere near. I’ve been sacked twice by Real Madrid, don’t forget. “Toshack was clearly disappointed with 39-year-old goalkeeper Paul Jones who had a nightmare match.

Duff stunned by ‘shocking’ Republic display
Ireland Online – Aug 10, 2006
Manager Steve Staunton?s Ireland were embarrassingly beaten 5-2 by Cyprus in a Euro 2008 qualifier at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia to all but end their hopes of reaching the finals in Switzerland and Austria. The Republic?s abysmal display was riddled with defensive errors that had Staunton claiming he could not recall anything worse in his long association with his country. Staunton insists he is not walking away from the job after just 10 months in charge, believing in his own abilities despite his lack of managerial experience. But he now faces the greatest test of his career in attempting to raise morale ahead of Wednesday?s visit to Lansdowne Road of the Czech Republic, who top the group after last night?s 7-0 drubbing of San Marino. Newcastle winger Duff pulled no punches in his condemnation of the performance as he said: ?Absolutely shocking… Manager Steve Staunton?s Ireland were embarrassingly beaten 5-2 by Cyprus in a Euro 2008 qualifier at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia to all but end their hopes of reaching the finals in Switzerland and Austria. The Republic?s abysmal display was riddled with defensive errors that had Staunton claiming he could not recall anything worse in his long association with his country. Staunton insists he is not walking away from the job after just 10 months in charge, believing in his own abilities despite his lack of managerial experience. But he now faces the greatest test of his career in attempting to raise morale ahead of Wednesday?s visit to Lansdowne Road of the Czech Republic, who top the group after last night?s 7-0 drubbing of San Marino. Newcastle winger Duff pulled no punches in his condemnation of the performance as he said: ?Absolutely shocking. ?We made a good start, but there was a lot of bad defending, which starts from the front.

Welcome return of Mr Combustible
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 10, 2006
No one in the dressing room castigated Rooney, partly because “Wazza” is so popular and because the instinctive English reaction is to blame scheming Johnny Foreigner. His suspension served, Rooney is now enthusiastically welcomed back for this Euro 2008 qualifier against Macedonia at Old Trafford. Watching him leap joyfully from the coach at Carrington for training yesterday, playfully wrestling with Manchester United staff and maintaining a constant banter with England muckers like Steven Gerrard,… A happy Rooney, playing as if back on the streets of Merseyside, is a special creature. Although Steve McClaren made the understandable point yesterday that his England team can survive without Rooney – “we’ve played three games without Wayne and won them all” – the creative whirlwind from Croxteth remains the team’s one genuine world-class talent (with a respectful nod to Gerrard and Ashley Cole). England need Rooney, but they need a Rooney who understands his every move must flow through the head as well as the heart. “There are lots of aspects to Wayne’s game that need improving and that’s just one of them,” observed McClaren of the importance of Rooney lengthening his fuse.

Joachim Loew names his first squad
rte.ie – Aug 10, 2006
Loew, promoted from assistant coach after Klinsmann stepped down last month, has made only one change, bringing in reserve defender Manuel Friedrich of Mainz as cover for injured centre backs Per Mertesacker and Robert Huth. The only other World Cup player not included is goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, who retired at the end of the tournament. ‘The injury situation has opened the door for Manuel Friedrich and he will get another chance,’ said Loew. ‘He had a strong performance in the Bundesliga last season and only just missed winning a spot in the World Cup squad. ‘
The game in Gelsenkirchen will be a re-match of the World Cup second round tie in which Germany beat 10-man Sweden 2-0. Sweden coach Lars Lagerback came under pressure from the Swedish media to resign after the defeat in Munich but has stayed on… ‘
The game in Gelsenkirchen will be a re-match of the World Cup second round tie in which Germany beat 10-man Sweden 2-0. Sweden coach Lars Lagerback came under pressure from the Swedish media to resign after the defeat in Munich but has stayed on. Both sides will be preparing for their Euro 2008 qualifying campaigns, which Germany start against Ireland on 2 September in Stuttgart. Sweden are away to Latvia on the same day. ‘We’re looking forward to the tasks ahead and go into the season full of confidence,’ Loew said. ‘The Sweden match will revive special World Cup memories. But we realise the players are not yet in top form after the holiday break.

RTÉ Sport: Red Devils sign Kuszczak in loan deal
rte.ie – Aug 10, 2006
And, while United still expect to sign Kuszczak permanently in 12 months’ time, the current agreement only sees the 24-year-old move to Old Trafford on loan. In exchange, West Brom will get defender Paul McShane and goalkeeper Luke Steele on a permanent basis. The Steele transfer in particular will not go down well with Coventry, who signed the youngster on loan from United but now find the player has been recalled, then immediately sold to one of the local Championship rivals. In addition, Kuszczak’s arrival means Ben Foster has joined Watford for a second season, having played a major role in their promotion to the top flight last year. Kuszczak will now act as understudy to United’s first-choice keeper Edwin van der Sar, with Ferguson looking to the former Hertha Berlin star to stake a claim to be United’s new number one when the veteran Dutchman calls time on his own career, probably after Euro 2008. With Foster, who has impressed during the Red Devils pre-season campaign, now guaranteed the Premiership experience Ferguson thinks is essential at the current stage of his career, and Tim Howard looking for a return to form at Everton, the United camp are hopeful they have enough strength in the goalkeeping department to maintain healthy competition for the next five years at least… The Steele transfer in particular will not go down well with Coventry, who signed the youngster on loan from United but now find the player has been recalled, then immediately sold to one of the local Championship rivals. In addition, Kuszczak’s arrival means Ben Foster has joined Watford for a second season, having played a major role in their promotion to the top flight last year. Kuszczak will now act as understudy to United’s first-choice keeper Edwin van der Sar, with Ferguson looking to the former Hertha Berlin star to stake a claim to be United’s new number one when the veteran Dutchman calls time on his own career, probably after Euro 2008. With Foster, who has impressed during the Red Devils pre-season campaign, now guaranteed the Premiership experience Ferguson thinks is essential at the current stage of his career, and Tim Howard looking for a return to form at Everton, the United camp are hopeful they have enough strength in the goalkeeping department to maintain healthy competition for the next five years at least.

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