Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 12, 2006

Terry appointed captain of England

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Premiership match reports
* Jamaica only CFU team in, as CONCACAF launches Beach Football Champion…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | McClaren ends Beckham England…
* Terry appointed captain of England
* Ten steps to World Cup glory
* Aussie still rules the football codes – News – www.realfooty.com.au
* Always on the ball
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Ashton receives England call…
* Brisbane to host Socceroos friendly
* Not all Blatter’s ideas are bad
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Coach Pfister revamps Togo squad
* Out left field… again
* BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Ibrahimovic quits Juve for Inter
* Saints and Sarries hit in ticket clampdown
* MLS Makes Bid for Relevance
* Bednar, Zapotocny named by Czechs

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Premiership match reports
BBC News – Aug 10, 2006
After being up 3 to 0, why not? Sad to see Germany go out in third place, they deserved to at least get into the finals IMO. But at least they ended on a good note. 2148: Portugal fan by text
Great way for Figo to bow out of international football, what a cross, 3-1 is just about a deserved result. 2135: Bluevaio
Another awesome goal! Let us see if Germany has what it takes to make 4-0!

2119: Lusian
Finally Portugal score, but it’s just a pity that it’s in the wrong net for Petit!

2115: roakey
Have to admit that was bad goalkeeping for the goal, but it was a great swerving shot by Schweinsteiger. 2113: Germany fan by text
What a goal by Schweinsteiger! Can’t see Portugal coming back now. 2059: meomyone
What a ludicrous game!!! No substance, no use for it, no spectacle, no sense. A 0-0 draw will be the just result because it’s just a pointless exercise

2051: EdHAwkins
Cristiano Ronaldo is a good player and has the skills to be a great player, but if he keeps diving and moaning to the referee he will never reach his potential… Ronaldo looking impressive and staying on his feet for once. 2008: Saint No Stopping Us Now
think Germany have been the most impressive team through-out this tournament and it’s a shame they are not competing in tomorrow’s final. Let’s see the hosts of this fantastic World Cup finish third!

2003: snidey
I don’t care on the score, style of play or quality. I just want to see Ronaldo cry again on another thing he will lose out on. 1959: Lusian
Expecting an interesting game, both teams have little to lose but still enough to gain. Also the squads have players that never played previously in this WC. I would go with 2-1 for Portugal, but more out of wishful thinking, any result is possible.

Jamaica only CFU team in, as CONCACAF launches Beach Football Champion…
Jamaica Observer – Aug 12, 2006
Jamaica will be the only Caribbean team in the championship, which will serve as a qualifier for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006. Punta Leona in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, will stage the event from September 13-17. The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, which will also qualify two CONCACAF teams to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006 taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from November 2-12, consists of five teams – Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and USA. The CONCACAF tournament will be played in round-robin format with doubleheader encounters on each of the five match dates. The champion and runner-up from the final round standings will progress to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2006.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | McClaren ends Beckham England…
BBC News – Aug 11, 2006
Beckham’s name was absent as McClaren unveiled his first squad – for the friendly against Greece on 16 August. “I told David I was looking to change things, looking to go in a different direction, and he wasn’t included within that,” explained McClaren. The new England boss would not rule out recalling Beckham but the 31-year-old seems unlikely to add to his 94 caps.

Terry appointed captain of England
CNN – Aug 10, 2006
Terry takes over the armband after David Beckham stepped down from the role in the wake of England’s World Cup quarterfinal defeat on penalties by Portugal last month. "It is the ultimate honor to be the captain of your country and I am very proud to be given this great opportunity," said Terry. "It is an incredible challenge and one I am looking forward to very much. "Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, who was also tipped for the job, has been appointed vice-captain. Terry, 25 and capped 29 times, has helped Chelsea win two consecutive league titles and established himself with England as a first-choice central defender.

Ten steps to World Cup glory
Independent Online – Aug 10, 2006
Mopani worms, biltong and “pap and wors”

The traditional diet of most Brazilians is said to be rice and beans, food which Parreira should have no problems acquiring in South Africa. But will he be persuaded to try Mopani worms, biltong or pap and wors? And has the man from the land of samba music ever heard of Kwaito? He should have no problem catching up on Brazilian football, readily available on ESPN, and if he misses his home language, Johannesburg has a very healthy Portuguese population he can turn to. Fans and the vuvuzela

How will his 63-year-old body and mind stand up to the ear-piercing screeches of the vuvuzela? And will he be able to understand the standard arm-over-arm signal of the fans when they are keen to see a substitution?

6. Identifying “patriots”

Parreira will face the traditional task at the beginning of his Bafana career of persuading many of South Africa’s overseas based stars to return and play for their country after they have stormed off in a sulk… Parreira could therefore settle on 4-4-2, given that two genuine strikers is the least Bafana need to improve their woeful recent goalscoring record. The spine of the team

They say every winning team needs a quality spine, perfectly illustrated by Italy’s triumphant World Cup 2006 side. Gianluigi Buffon is a supreme goalkeeper, Fabio Cannavaro was the best defender in Germany, while Gennaro Gattuso and Luca Toni made up the midfield and striking elements of this “spine”. Who will be Parreira’s spine? Rowen Fernandez, Aaron Mokoena, Quinton Fortune and Benni McCarthy are the players we’ve gone for in our team. Challenges

Three lie ahead: the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana, the 2010 African Nations Cup and the 2010 World Cup.

Aussie still rules the football codes – News – www.realfooty.com.au
The Age – Aug 10, 2006
But Australian rules remains the most popular football code, and equal second with cricket among all sports, behind only swimming. The latest edition of the Sweeney sports report, compiled between October last year and March this year, indicates that 50 per cent of adult Australians are interested in soccer, the code’s highest figure in the 20-year history of the report. It trails Australian rules by only 4 per cent, the narrowest gap. It is not hard to think that the margin is tighter still now, after the World Cup odyssey, the imminent restart of the A-League season and the Matildas’ feat to qualify for the women’s World Cup.

Always on the ball
Hindu – Aug 10, 2006
Besides providing a big business opportunity, it had a unique implication in the arena of sports, the debut made by Hindi commentators. Launched as an experimental venture during the Confederations Cup 2005, ESPN was ready with an expert panel of Hindi commentators for the World Cup comprising Ghaus Mohammed and Novy Kapadia. Ghaus and Novy are popular football commentators in India. Novy has covered five World Cups, two Asian Games and countless tournaments in the country while Ghaus, who began commentating in 1986, has covered prestigious events like the Confederation Cup (Germany), the 2004 Islamabad SAF Games, the first Afro-Asian Games in 2004 in Hyderabad, the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the last 20 finals of the Subroto Cup.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Ashton receives England call…
BBC News – Aug 11, 2006
“I have always admired Defoe. He has great potential. He came along as a back-up player during the World Cup and did well in training. “Ashton has come through the Under-21s and then made a big money move to West Ham. He’s done well there and should be given his opportunity. ”

ENGLAND SQUAD TO PLAY GREECE

(Old Trafford, 16 August)

Goalkeepers:Robinson (Tottenham), Kirkland (Liverpool), Foster (Man Utd). Defenders:Bridge (Chelsea), Brown (Man Utd), Carragher (Liverpool), A Cole (Arsenal), Dawson (Tottenham), Ferdinand (Man Utd), G Neville (Man Utd), P Neville (Everton), Terry (capt, Chelsea), Young (Charlton).

Brisbane to host Socceroos friendly
The Age – Aug 10, 2006
The Queensland government and Football Federation Australia hasreached an agreement for Suncorp Stadium to host the friendly onSaturday, October 7. Pre-registration for tickets for FFA “Football Family”affiliates will start on August 25 and the sale will open to thepublic in the first week of September. FFA chief executive John O’Neill said the match would alsofeature a special presentation to thank the Socceroos for theirstrong effort in the World Cup. O’Neill said the game fell at a time when Europe-based playerswould be freed to come to Australia. “The seventh of October falls into what we call the FIFAdouble-date period so the players can be more comfortably releasedfrom their clubs to get back to Australia,” he told AAP… The Queensland government and Football Federation Australia hasreached an agreement for Suncorp Stadium to host the friendly onSaturday, October 7. Pre-registration for tickets for FFA “Football Family”affiliates will start on August 25 and the sale will open to thepublic in the first week of September. FFA chief executive John O’Neill said the match would alsofeature a special presentation to thank the Socceroos for theirstrong effort in the World Cup. O’Neill said the game fell at a time when Europe-based playerswould be freed to come to Australia. “The seventh of October falls into what we call the FIFAdouble-date period so the players can be more comfortably releasedfrom their clubs to get back to Australia,” he told AAP. “The indications are very strong that we’ll see, if not the fullWorld Cup squad, very close to the full World Cup squad and we arelooking at using it as an occasion to honour them for the way theyperformed in Germany. “They are dying to come home.

Not all Blatter’s ideas are bad
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 10, 2006
The Belgian arbiters decided they could not handle that one, but I pray that this impertinent case of Newcastle’s goes all the way to the humiliating conclusion that seems inevitable. After all, there is no logic in it. Owen was not forced to play in the World Cup. He is perpetually desperate to represent England. Unlike Newcastle, whom he joined only because Liverpool thought him too expensive a risk. But what would we do for entertainment without Newcastle and their pugnacious chairman Freddy Shepherd? You can always find them. Just look for the wrong tree.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Coach Pfister revamps Togo squad
BBC News – Aug 10, 2006
The German has revamped his squad as he prepares for next month’s 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying campaign. Defenders Eric Akoto, Yaw Aziawonou and midfielder Cherif Toure Maman are some of the higher profile players among the 12 World Cup players excluded from the squad. However, Pfister has retained the forward line he used in Germany, including Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Highly-rated goalkeeper Kossi Agassa and veteran captain Abalo Dosseh were also named in Pfister’s 23-man squad.

Out left field… again
Jamaica Observer – Aug 11, 2006
again

PAUL A REID, Observer writerFriday, August 11, 2006

In a few weeks’ time St Elizabeth Technical will unveil their new field, which promises to be the best in the region, outside of the field at the Catherine Hall complex
With the start of the 2006-2007 football season a mere month away, the issue of proper fields has come to the fore again and at least three Wray and Nephew National Premier League clubs are facing uncertain futures. Our stablemate, the Daily Observer broke the news last week that the impasse between the Jarrett Park Management Committee (JPMC) and the ICC World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) over the use of the venue between cricket and football has been settled amicably. Coming out of that agreement was welcome news that work on the Catherine Hall mini-stadium would be fast tracked and Seba United and Wadadah would use it while Jarrett Park would be closed to accommodate repairs for and actual practice sessions for four World Cup teams. Given the history of the Catherine Hall ‘White Elephant’, however, one would be wise to temper any enthusiasm and wait until we actually see work starting and the seats being constructed. Over in Trelawny, Village United, NPL semi-finalists in two of the last three seasons are scheduled to meet the Trelawny Parish Council today in yet another round of talks over their attempts to develop the Elletson Wakeland Centre… again

PAUL A REID, Observer writerFriday, August 11, 2006

In a few weeks’ time St Elizabeth Technical will unveil their new field, which promises to be the best in the region, outside of the field at the Catherine Hall complex
With the start of the 2006-2007 football season a mere month away, the issue of proper fields has come to the fore again and at least three Wray and Nephew National Premier League clubs are facing uncertain futures. Our stablemate, the Daily Observer broke the news last week that the impasse between the Jarrett Park Management Committee (JPMC) and the ICC World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) over the use of the venue between cricket and football has been settled amicably. Coming out of that agreement was welcome news that work on the Catherine Hall mini-stadium would be fast tracked and Seba United and Wadadah would use it while Jarrett Park would be closed to accommodate repairs for and actual practice sessions for four World Cup teams. Given the history of the Catherine Hall ‘White Elephant’, however, one would be wise to temper any enthusiasm and wait until we actually see work starting and the seats being constructed. Over in Trelawny, Village United, NPL semi-finalists in two of the last three seasons are scheduled to meet the Trelawny Parish Council today in yet another round of talks over their attempts to develop the Elletson Wakeland Centre. Last week, the Village United management voiced frustration over the fact that their multi-million dollar proposal to acquire the centre’s lease and develop the facility had been turned down twice.

BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Ibrahimovic quits Juve for Inter
BBC News – Aug 10, 2006
The Swede is the second striker to secure a move to Inter this week following the two-year loan of Hernan Crespo from Chelsea. And he is the sixth big-name player to leave Juve, the disgraced former champions having already sold Fabio Cannavaro, Emerson, Gianluca Zambrotta, Lilian Thuram and Vieira this summer. Italian World Cup winners Gianluigi Buffon, Mauro Camoranesi, Alessandro Del Piero and Cristiano Zanetti are still on Juve’s books, as are Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet.

Saints and Sarries hit in ticket clampdown
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 12, 2006
Northampton have had their tickets cut by 25 per cent and Saracens by 10 per cent. It is understood that Premiership clubs receive around 400 tickets a game for internationals from the RFU… ” England will host the annual Churchill Cup for the first time next summer. The fifth staging of the tournament will see Canada and the United States visit, along with Scotland A, Ireland A and the New Zealand Maori, with matches to be played between May 19 and June 2. Tournament director Terry Burwell said: “The Rugby World Cup in France in September 2007 gives us a great opportunity to host the tournament for the first time in England, with the main aim to help prepare players for the Rugby World Cup, and reduce the amount of travelling teams have to do in the months leading up to September. ” The tournament will return to North America for 2008 and 2009.

MLS Makes Bid for Relevance
thestreet.com – Aug 11, 2006
I fit the profile of the ideal MLS fan. Like millions of American kids, I spent years playing soccer and then stopped altogether after high school. Yet my money has gone toward professional baseball and football tickets, even though I have always preferred soccer. The Real Madrid tour started Wednesday, with a surprising 1-1 draw with D. United before a capacity crowd of 66,830 at Seattle’s Qwest Field. On Saturday night, I will attend the game between Real Madrid and Real Salt Lake… Garber points to recent business announcements, and predicts the 10-year-long money slide will end. He says that with the marketing strategy of the MLS, along with a new broadcast partnership with ESPN, more American sports enthusiasts than ever will be exposed — and begin to appreciate — soccer, the world’s most popular sport. The 2006 World Cup, in which Italy defeated France, attacted a sizable TV audience in America. Real Salt Lake, which joined the MLS in 2005, has threatened to leave the city because local elected officials recently refused to invest $35 million in taxpayer money toward building the team a 20,000-seat soccer stadium. The team plays at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium, a 45,000-seat football venue with artificial turf. Elected officials in Salt Lake City expressed skepticism about the feasibility of the stadium deal. A Real Salt Lake business plan, submitted with the request for the public money, showed the team continuing to lose money, and only making money in the near future by hosting an ambitious schedule of music concerts and selling naming rights.

Bednar, Zapotocny named by Czechs
CNN International – Aug 10, 2006
Bednar plays for Scottish club Hearts while Zapotocny is with Czech champions Slovan Liberec. Brueckner also called up midfielders Karel Pitak of Salzburg and Jiri Jarosik of Celtic for the August match to be played in the eastern Czech town of Uherske Hradiste. The Czechs have lost midfielder Karel Poborsky who retired from international football after the World Cup. Veteran playmaker Pavel Nedved of Juventus said he would take part in the friendly and then discuss his international future with Brueckner. Squad:Goalkeepers: Jaromir Blazek (Sparta Prague), Antonin Kinsky (Ramenskoya)Defenders: Zdenek Grygera (Ajax), Marek Jankulovski (AC Milan), David Rozehnal (Paris St Germain), Tomas Ujfalusi (Fiorentina), Radoslav Kovac (Spartak Moscow), Tomas Zapotocny (Liberec)Midfielders: Pavel Nedved (Juventus), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Jaroslav Plasil (Monaco), Jan Polak (Nuremberg), Karel Pitak (Salzburg), David Jarolim (Hamburg), Jiri Jarosik (Celtic)Forward: Jan Koller (Monaco), Libor Sionko (Rangers), Roman Bednar (Hearts).

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