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August 15, 2006

German president decorates World Cup soccer squad

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The News Review:

* Man held after Staunton gun threat
* CNN.com – Spain held in Raul’s 100th match – Aug 15, 2006
* England and Greece look for fresh start
* German president decorates World Cup soccer squad
* No rest for World Cup stars as Euro qualifying begins
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Ferguson fears Euro injury…
* Tuesday’s gossip column
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Kenny will replace injured…
* Coach Domenech angered by Dhorasoo
* BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Glasgow and West | Rangers captain misses…
* Toshack happy with Euro warm-up
* Ashton out until November
* West Ham agree fee for Green
* England U21 2-2 Moldova U21
* RTÉ Sport: Elliott sings Quinn’s praises despite poor start

Man held after Staunton gun threat
CNN – Aug 15, 2006
Newcastle winger Damien Duff has been ruled out of the friendly — the eighth player Staunton has lost to injury since announcing his squad earlier this month. "Damien’s going back to Newcastle. It’s precautionary, it’s not worth taking a chance especially when Germany’s only two-and a-half weeks away," Staunton said on Tuesday in reference to his side’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier. "He just feels a wee bit of tightness in the groin and it is not worth the risk. "Staunton named Blackburn midfielder Steven Reid as captain in place of injured Tottenham striker Robbie Keane. Manchester United’s John O’Shea will play center back, the regular position of Manchester City’s Richard Dunne, another of the injured players. Staunton declined to name the rest of his team but said he was hoping for a lively game… Newcastle winger Damien Duff has been ruled out of the friendly — the eighth player Staunton has lost to injury since announcing his squad earlier this month. "Damien’s going back to Newcastle. It’s precautionary, it’s not worth taking a chance especially when Germany’s only two-and a-half weeks away," Staunton said on Tuesday in reference to his side’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier. "He just feels a wee bit of tightness in the groin and it is not worth the risk. "Staunton named Blackburn midfielder Steven Reid as captain in place of injured Tottenham striker Robbie Keane. Manchester United’s John O’Shea will play center back, the regular position of Manchester City’s Richard Dunne, another of the injured players. Staunton declined to name the rest of his team but said he was hoping for a lively game.

CNN.com – Spain held in Raul’s 100th match – Aug 15, 2006
CNN International – Aug 15, 2006
Iceland, who were without leading striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, had the better of the first half and were unlucky not to lead at halftime after good efforts from midfielders Johannes Gudjonsson and Hannes Sigurdsson. Spain improved marginally when wingers Jose Antonio Reyes and Joaquin came on after the break, but they were still unable to find their way past the inspired Iceland keeper Arni Arason. Spain open their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign at home to group minnows Liechtenstein next month, while Iceland are away to Northern Ireland. Sweden, Denmark and Latvia are the other teams in Group F.

England and Greece look for fresh start
The Age – Aug 15, 2006
McClaren faces a tough task. England’s players, with him asassistant to Sven-Goran Eriksson, travelled to the 2006 World Cupbelieving, or at least saying, they were a match for the best inthe tournament. However, they not only failed, as usual, to get beyond thequarter-final stage but they did so in an abject manner, severelydenting some of their over-inflated reputations along the way. “We were not as good as we thought we were,” Steven Gerrard saidthis week. “We must learn to be more humble. There were few surprises in McClaren’s squad but he does seemlikely to give an extended run to Tottenham Hotspur winger AaronLennon, under-used at the World Cup, and left midfielder StewartDowning, whom he helped develop at Middlesbrough. Perhaps his most important announcement though was theappointment of a sports psychologist, who could do worse thanshowing some videos of Greece’s Euro 2004 campaign where phenomenalself-belief and team spirit took them to new levels ofachievement… There were few surprises in McClaren’s squad but he does seemlikely to give an extended run to Tottenham Hotspur winger AaronLennon, under-used at the World Cup, and left midfielder StewartDowning, whom he helped develop at Middlesbrough. Perhaps his most important announcement though was theappointment of a sports psychologist, who could do worse thanshowing some videos of Greece’s Euro 2004 campaign where phenomenalself-belief and team spirit took them to new levels ofachievement. England face what looks a relatively straightforward task inqualifying for Euro 2008. They start against Andorra and Macedonia,with Russia and Croatia their chief Group E rivals. However, they are in no position mentally to treat Wednesday’sgame with the lack of respect common under Eriksson whenmulti-substitutions and a carefree attitude devalued many of themto virtual knockabout training sessions. Greece are also in need of a lift after they followed up theirshock Euro 2004 success by failing to reach the World Cup. “It was a big dream for us to go to Germany but we paid for ourmistakes,” said midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos.

German president decorates World Cup soccer squad
Taipei Times – Aug 15, 2006
However, captain Michael Ballack, who played for Chelsea in Cardiff, Wales, on Sunday, missed the ceremony. Former coach Juergen Klinsmann, the architect of Germany’s World Cup run, was also missing. Klinsmann quit after the tournament and then announced that he would not attend the award ceremony. He said that “others should be the focus,” with Germany’s first match under his successor Joachim Loew, a friendly against Sweden in Gelsenkirchen, coming up tomorrow. “It’s a shame that he is not here,” Koehler said of Klinsmann. “He set in motion something truly great; he achieved in the space of two years — against a lot of resistance, we should not forget that — something that hardly anyone believed in before or would have thought was possible. ”
On Sunday, Loew said he believes the attacking momentum Germany achieved at the World Cup can carry them through to victory in Euro 2008… “The confidence we got playing with, and even dominating, some of the best teams in the world will stay with us and we can use it to our advantage,” Loew said. “The expectations are high, but I expect there will also be enough realism as well. ”
“Now we want to harvest at Euro 2008 what we failed to get — that means the European title,” he said at his first news conference since replacing Klinsmann. Boldly outlining his goals before his first match in charge, Loew said he would stick to the attacking game that worked well at the World Cup where Germany finished third. “We had a good World Cup but we didn’t achieve what we set out to do,” Loew said. Italy beat Germany 2-0 after extra time in their semi-final. This story has been viewed 1268 times.

No rest for World Cup stars as Euro qualifying begins
Taipei Times – Aug 15, 2006
France great Zinedine Zidane, sent off for head-butting Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final, has retired and David Beckham, his former Real Madrid teammate, has been dropped by England. There is no Wayne Rooney, either. Suspended for England’s first two Euro 2008 qualifying group games against Andorra and Macedonia because of his red card against Portugal at the World Cup, the Manchester United striker has not been considered for the friendly against the Greeks. McClaren is set to field a new-look strikeforce with West Ham’s Dean Ashton likely to make his debut. Italy’s new coach, Roberto Donadoni, has given almost the entire World Cup squad a break. Of the 23 in Germany, only No. 3 goalkeeper Marco Amelia will face Croatia in Livorno tomorrow… France great Zinedine Zidane, sent off for head-butting Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final, has retired and David Beckham, his former Real Madrid teammate, has been dropped by England. There is no Wayne Rooney, either. Suspended for England’s first two Euro 2008 qualifying group games against Andorra and Macedonia because of his red card against Portugal at the World Cup, the Manchester United striker has not been considered for the friendly against the Greeks. McClaren is set to field a new-look strikeforce with West Ham’s Dean Ashton likely to make his debut. Italy’s new coach, Roberto Donadoni, has given almost the entire World Cup squad a break. Of the 23 in Germany, only No. 3 goalkeeper Marco Amelia will face Croatia in Livorno tomorrow.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Ferguson fears Euro injury…
BBC News – Aug 15, 2006
The Rangers midfielder is hoping to recover from a heel injury in time to face Kilmarnock on 27 August. But the 28-year-old concedes that might not be good enough to prove his fitness to boss Walter Smith ahead of the games with Faroe Islands and Lithuania. “I am touch and go and I can’t hide from that,” Ferguson told The Sun. “Walter knows that. ”

Scotland host the Faroes on 2 September and then play in Lithuania four days later. “I have to build it up gradually this time or I’ll suffer again,” said Ferguson.

Tuesday’s gossip column
BBC News – Aug 15, 2006
The 26-year-old Dutchman was taken to hospital last week after claiming his drinks had been spiked on a night out and was fined by the Toffees for socialising two days before a match. (The Guardian)

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has vowed to be ready for the Premiership opener against Manchester City on Sunday, despite suffering a broken wrist in the Community Shield defeat at the hands of Liverpool last weekend. (The Sun)

West Ham striker Dean Ashton has vowed he will not become one of England’s one-cap brigade after being picked for Wednesday’s friendly with Greece. (Various)

Hearts’ sporting director, Eduard Malofeev, has been unable to officially carry out his duties since joining the club six weeks ago because he does not have a work permit. (The Herald)

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson admits he could miss Scotland opening Euro 2008 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania. (The Sun)

Hearts midfielder Paul Hartley hopes to be fit to face Rangers at the weekend should he come through today’s bounce game against Gretna. (Various)

FUNNIES

Plymouth boss Ian Holloway has vowed to stand a ?2,000 round of drinks as a thank you to the 700 fans who made the 805-mile round trip to Sunderland on Saturday… (The Sun)

West Ham striker Dean Ashton has vowed he will not become one of England’s one-cap brigade after being picked for Wednesday’s friendly with Greece. (Various)

Hearts’ sporting director, Eduard Malofeev, has been unable to officially carry out his duties since joining the club six weeks ago because he does not have a work permit. (The Herald)

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson admits he could miss Scotland opening Euro 2008 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania. (The Sun)

Hearts midfielder Paul Hartley hopes to be fit to face Rangers at the weekend should he come through today’s bounce game against Gretna. (Various)

FUNNIES

Plymouth boss Ian Holloway has vowed to stand a ?2,000 round of drinks as a thank you to the 700 fans who made the 805-mile round trip to Sunderland on Saturday. He said: “Anyone who travelled up there please send me a letter. I would love to buy you a drink.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Kenny will replace injured…
BBC News – Aug 15, 2006

The match will be Steve Staunton’s third game in charge of the Republic. Netherlands coach Marco van Basten left out striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and midfielderMark van Bommel from his squad for Wednesday’s game. “We are now preparing for qualification for the European Championship in two years and we had to make choices,” VanBasten said. Van Basten’s biggest worry will be in midfield, where the side lack the power of their major international European rivals… Richard Dunne’s unavailability should result in Andy O’Brien being partnered by John O’Shea in central defence. Stephen Carr is likely to return at right-back after reversing his decision to quit international football. On Monday, Ian Harte joined Keane, Shay Given, Dunne, Terry Dixon, Stephen Ireland and Alan Lee in pulling out of the Irish squad. Despite the withdrawals, Staunton won’t call up any more replacements. Leeds’ Jonathan Douglas and Daryl Murphy of Sunderland were added to the squad over the weekend. Staunton indicated that both Keane and Dunne have had scans on their injuries and he remains hopeful that both will be fit for the opening European Championship qualifier against Germany in Stuttgart on 2 September. “In Robbie’s case we are possibly looking at a ten-day period with Richard’s maybe a little longer,” said Staunton.

Coach Domenech angered by Dhorasoo
CNN International – Aug 15, 2006
"I never gave him my consent to use the tapes publicly and I’m not going to give it. It’s as simple as that," said Domenech on the eve of the friendly match against Bosnia in Sarajevo. "As far as I’m concerned, he can edit me off," he added. French media reported that Dhorasoo, a bit-part player at the World Cup who was often seen filming his team mates in Germany, wanted to use the tapes to make a documentary entitled ‘Substitute’. "Vikash should start a new career and it’s maybe what he is trying to do… Among the fresh faces are Lyon midfielder Jeremy Toulalan and Bordeaux defender Julien Faubert, members of the team which reached the semifinals of the European under-21 championship in May. Lyon defender Francois Clerc has been called up for the second time while Bordeaux midfielder Rio Mavuba and Roma defender Philippe Mexes have only three and six caps respectively. France, who lost to Italy on penalties in last month’s World Cup final in Berlin, start their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign against Georgia and Italy next month.

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Glasgow and West | Rangers captain misses…
BBC News – Aug 15, 2006
International commitments mean he will not be presented with the award by the Queen on 11 October. Instead he will lead the Scottish national side against Ukraine in a Euro 2008 qualifier. A Lord-Lieutenant will present the MBE at a later date. Ferguson, 28, from Hamilton, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in the summer. He joins Ibrox legends John Greig and Ally McCoist and former boss Walter Smith, who have all been awarded an MBE.

Toshack happy with Euro warm-up
BBC News – Aug 15, 2006
“It was fair, both sides had chances – although they made a save outside the box,” he said after the Swansea tie. “It was a good exercise, especially getting the likes of Danny Gabbidon and Mark Delaney back after injury. “We made changes to protect the squad and the young lads did well when they came on. It all starts for real against the Czech Republic on 2 September… “I made it clear to John that with the style we will be playing at times it would not fit in with the way he plays, but I am happy that he is available and it does give me that extra option. ”

Man-of-the-match Craig Bellamy was also happy to learn that he could partner the West Brom striker once again. “It’s a positive move, we’re a small nation with limited resources and we need people of his quality,” said Bellamy. “We played the right way against Bulgaria and tried a few different things – there was a lot to gain out of that as an exercise. “The real stuff begins in a few weeks, though.

Ashton out until November
Ireland Online – Aug 15, 2006
It is a bitter blow for the 22-year-old, who would have made his senior international debut against Greece tomorrow night before embarking on a first full Barclays Premiership season and a campaign in the UEFA Cup. But Ashton now faces 12 weeks on the sidelines and the miserable prospect of missing some major games for both club and country. He will have to sit out England?s first four Euro 2008 qualifiers, just as manager Steve McLaren is looking to build a new-look side. And West Ham are set to be without their record signing for at least the first 10 league games of the season plus next month?s two-legged UEFA Cup first round tie. Hammers manager Alan Pardew said: ?We are absolutely devastated. It?s a massive blow for Deano and his family, and for everybody here at West Ham United. ?We look forward to a speedy recovery from Deano and hope to see him back in action very soon… ?We are extremely disappointed by the news but, on a positive note, we still have four quality strikers at this club which will suppress the blow somewhat,? said Pardew. West Ham enjoyed extraordinary luck on the injury front last year ? but that good fortune is not holding. Matthew Etherington is out for the first three games of the season with a knee injury while Yossi Benayoun has a groin problem. Pardew is working hard to strengthen the depth of his squad. He has already added six new faces and wants another wide midfielder, while the signing of England goalkeeper Robert Green could be completed as early as tomorrow. Green was undergoing a medical today after Norwich accepted a bid that could rise to ?2m (?3m).

West Ham agree fee for Green
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 15, 2006
We’ve got bids in and it’s just a case of waiting to hear back from the clubs. “Emerton, 27, played for Australia at the World Cup in Germany during the summer and has spent three seasons at Ewood Park. Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has announced his plans to retire after Euro 2008. “At the age of 36, I have the European Championships ahead of me in two years and that is what I am working up to,” Lehmann said. “Afterwards I think that will be it, both with the national team and as a professional footballer… He said: “We will have to see how the season goes, whether I extend with Arsenal or not. I would still like to play another season in Germany.

England U21 2-2 Moldova U21
BBC News – Aug 15, 2006
The 17-year-old headed Leighton Baines’ cross home early on to become the youngest scorer in England U21 history. But England toiled and Serghei Alexeev chipped in an equaliser on 75 minutes – only for David Nugent’s header one minute later to restore England’s lead. England were stunned again, however, as Alexandr Zislis fired in on 86 minutes… Indeed, they were relieved when Alexandru Gatcan’s first-half header was harshly ruled out for a push. England improved after the break and Tom Huddlestone flashed a 20-yard volley over the bar, before Steven Taylor almost doubled the lead on 57 minutes as he could not connect with a cross. But Taylor was to turn villain as he lost possession and allowed Alexeev the chance to send an early chip past Carson. Nugent’s immediate response looked to have saved Peter Taylor’s side, but substitute Zislis had the final say with a crisp side-footed volley. The result leaves England struggling in their three-team qualifying group, which also includes Switzerland. Only the top team will have a chance of qualifying for the finals.

RTÉ Sport: Elliott sings Quinn’s praises despite poor start
rte.ie – Aug 15, 2006
All the players are really enjoying it. ‘We have got off to the worst possible start ever. We have to get our heads down and start getting the results because it is simply not good enough. We’ll just have to put things right. ‘
Elliott was speaking ahead of Ireland’s friendly international against The Netherlands on Wednesday at Lansdowne Road. The absence through injury of Ireland’s record goal scorer and captain, Robbie Keane, means Steve Staunton must look elsewhere for the main supply of goals. Elliott acknowledged that he is just one of those options… I don’t think we should worry about any game. If we play well, then hopefully the goals will come. ‘
Elliott believes that The Netherlands will be the toughest game of Staunton’s tenure thus far but that it can serve them well for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Germany on 2 September. The former Belvedere player believes ‘it is going to be a step up from Sweden and Chile’. He added: ‘With the qualifiers coming up it is probably the perfect game to play beforehand. I think no matter what team they (The Netherlands) put out they are going to be a strong team because of the players they have in their squad. ‘We have to show people we are ready for the qualifiers.

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