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August 19, 2006

Spain held to a draw by Iceland

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The News Review:

* German Soccer | 16.08.2006 New Coach Löw Stays Loyal to Germany’s…
* McClaren starts cultural revolution
* CNN.com – Powell equals world record again – Aug 18, 2006
* Spain held to a draw by Iceland
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England expects
* Hargreaves linked with Old Trafford move
* Euro 2008 Qualifying Roundup, Aug. 16
* Experimental Italy lose to Croatia
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Sanchez tips Lafferty for…
* Staunton puts performance above result
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Kevin Ratcliffe on Wales v…
* Today’s TV & radio choices | Tv And Radio | Arts | Telegraph
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Giggs confident of Euro…
* Rehhagel must prove he is still the king
* Ashton could return for UEFA games
* RTÉ Sport: Staunton admits Irish were second best
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Republic of Ireland 0-4…
* Italy Beaten but Wins for Germany, England and Dutch
* Surgery to rule Harte out of German game

German Soccer | 16.08.2006 New Coach Löw Stays Loyal to Germany’s…
Deutsche Welle – Aug 16, 2006
Jürgen Klinsmann was in charge that day but when Germany face Sweden again on Wednesday night, it will be his assistant, the new national coach Joachim Löw, who will be charged with instilling that passion in his young charges once more. Löw’s debut as national coach in the friendly with Sweden in Gelsenkirchen has been trumpeted by some as the beginning of a new era. While this may be true in the fact that he is not Jürgen Klinsmann, Löw was an integral part of the set-up which took Germany to a credible third place in the World Cup just five weeks ago. It is unlikely that Klinsmann would have anointed his successor so gladly if he thought that Löw would rip up the plan they had formulated together and start anew… A former coach at VfB Stuttgart and Austria Vienna before taking on his role as Klinsmann’s number two, he is a coach in the same mould as his predecessor and as such, there should be little or no deviation from the master plan the two of them concocted. Euro 2008 qualifiers loom large

However, the Sweden friendly gives Löw his first taste of what it’s like to have sole control of the team. The pressure is on for the result to be a good one what with Germany’s Euro 2008 qualifiers beginning on September 2. Germany will expect and Löw will have to deliver. Germany failed to win a single match at Euro 2000 and Euro 2004 but that has not stopped Löw thinking positive for the 2008 edition in Austria and Switzerland. “We failed in our goal to win the World Cup so we want to bring the Euro 2008 title back to Germany,” said Löw, whose young team will face the Republic of Ireland in Stuttgart in the first game of a long haul towards those finals. “We can’t bask in the World Cup euphoria forever but we can take confidence from the fact that we can compete with the top teams.

McClaren starts cultural revolution
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 18, 2006
“That was there against Greece. Everybody played with that type of intensity. “A proper assessment of McClaren’s ability to shine as England’s head coach cannot be made until England qualify for Euro 2008, and encounter tougher foe, but he deserves a chance and, so far into his nascent tenure, he has done little wrong (although he could tone down the megawatt smile). A meticulous coach, McClaren loves his buzz words and “passion” and “possession” spice his exhortations and instructions to players. Intelligently, McClaren has simply told the players to fuel the fires of their ambition with memories of defeat by Portugal in Gelsenkirchen. “The players are hurt from what happened in the World Cup,” he continued. “They have a point to prove… Now he is doing it for England. He had no hesitation in coming in and giving performances like he has. As long as he keeps playing his football like that I’m not bothered where he plays. “Even being handed David Beckham’s old No 7 shirt did not worry Hargreaves. “Nothing fazes him,” smiled McClaren, after a good night in Manchester. The only sour note of the evening was that Sven-Goran Eriksson did not contact his successor and erstwhile No 2, McClaren, to wish him good luck. If Gerrard and Hargreaves continue to play like this, McClaren will not need luck.

CNN.com – Powell equals world record again – Aug 18, 2006
CNN International – Aug 18, 2006
Asked if he thought he could go faster, Powell answered: "I think so, we’ll just have to wait and see. "It was the 24th world record in the history of the world’s most prestigious meet, which was being held for the last time in the old Letzigrund stadium. The arena will undergo a complete overhaul for the Euro 2008 football tournament. By winning ahead of American Tyson Gay (9. 84 seconds), Powell remained on course towards at least sharing a 1 million dollar Golden League jackpot for those athletes who win their event at all six stops of the elite series. Powell has won at all four meetings so far, in Oslo, Rome, Paris and Zurich, and also needs wins in Brussels (August 25) and Berlin (September 3) to complete the full amount. Athletes who win five times are eligible for 500,000 euros ($640,500) from the jackpot.

Spain held to a draw by Iceland
The Age – Aug 16, 2006
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. “The players were off the pace and you could see that they lacked the necessary pace and sharpness at this stage of the season,” Spain coach Luis Aragones said. “I’m not that worried, but I wanted to win this match. “Spain open their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign at home to group minnows Liechtenstein next month, while Iceland are away to Northern Ireland.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | England expects
BBC News – Aug 16, 2006
Can the popular coach help provide a spark that has been missing since the early days of Eriksson’s reign and seen so infrequently since Venables’ days as manager at Euro 96?

It will also be interesting to see how England cope with the absence of Beckham’s dead-ball expertise – their main attacking weapon in Germany. MATCH THE GREAT EXPECTATIONS

McClaren’s honeymoon period as England coach will be a short one. In less than three weeks England start their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign… McClaren has impressed so far, with a passionate approach and a clear determination to stamp his authority on the job. But in the end his reign – like those of his 10 permanent predecessors in the post – will ultimately be judged on performances and results. It is 40 years and counting since England’s one and only international trophy. We keep on hearing this England generation has the talent.

Hargreaves linked with Old Trafford move
Irish Times – Aug 17, 2006
Hargreaves was alerted to the content of the article by telephone yesterday, just hours before his man of the match performance in the 4-0 win over Greece at Old Trafford. But, while claiming sections of its content may be inaccurate, he opted not to play down the United aspect of it. “I have not read the article,” he said. “It is the way it always is with these things. Some of it is accurate, some of it is not. I cannot go into specifics but we will see how things pan out over the next few days. “On last night’s evidence, any potential suitors may have to cough up slightly more for the Canada-born player than they bargained for… “Owen was phenomenal,” he said. “He set the standard for the others to follow in his attitude and whole game and both Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard followed him. “By the time England next gather, for the opening Euro 2008 qualifier against Andorra on September 2nd, Hargreaves’ short term future should be decided. Although he has only just signed a contract at Bayern that would keep him at the club until 2010, he is clearly considering the prospect of riding the wave of his new-found popularity all the way to the Premiership. “I am at a great club in Bayern Munich,” he said. “They have been great to me over the last few years. But with the World Cup and the way I played there, there has been more attention on me and people are interested.

Euro 2008 Qualifying Roundup, Aug. 16
FOXSports.com – Aug 16, 2006
Italy, which beat France in the World Cup final last month, lost to Croatia 2-0 Wednesday but played without any of its regular players. France beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1. Belgium, which failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup but had qualified for the previous six, was the better team in the first half despite not getting a goal at home in Brussels.

Experimental Italy lose to Croatia
CNN International – Aug 16, 2006
"They produced more than I expected given the stage of the season we are at. We knew they were more prepared then we are in terms of fitness," he added. Italy’s Serie A season does not begin until September 10. The Azzurri begin their Euro 2008, Group B qualifying campaign against Lithuania on September 2 before facing France again four days later.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Sanchez tips Lafferty for…
BBC News – Aug 16, 2006
“It was a good workout for us – a competitive game for a friendly in August,” added the NI manager. “I thought we controlled the game quite well but it will not count for anything in two weeks if we do not win our first game. ”

Eighteen-year-old Lafferty, from Kesh in County Fermanagh, admitted his recent breakthrough into the Northern Ireland team had been daunting. “Things have happened quickly in the last few weeks, playing in the Milk Cup, then for Burnley and now here,” he said… “It was a good workout for us – a competitive game for a friendly in August,” added the NI manager. “I thought we controlled the game quite well but it will not count for anything in two weeks if we do not win our first game. ”

Eighteen-year-old Lafferty, from Kesh in County Fermanagh, admitted his recent breakthrough into the Northern Ireland team had been daunting. “Things have happened quickly in the last few weeks, playing in the Milk Cup, then for Burnley and now here,” he said. “I cannot believe I am playing with these guys at 18 and to get the goal was incredible. “My aim now is to get in the squad for the qualifiers, then see what happens.

Staunton puts performance above result
Ireland Online – Aug 16, 2006
With the start to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign just 17 days away, a morale-boosting win over Holland would be the perfect send-off ahead of the September 2 clash with Germany. But with Staunton?s squad ravaged by injury, and a fledgling group of players set to be thrown in against the sixth-best team in the world, it would be unfair to place too much expectation on the team. Of the 18 on duty at Lansdowne Road tonight, exactly half have won 10 caps or less each, yet Staunton remains unperturbed at such a lack of experience. ?This is a great opportunity for the younger lads to come in, get a chance and play in a wonderful occasion against one of the best teams in Europe, if not the world,? insisted Staunton. ?With any friendly I would intend to hand out as much experience as possible, albeit at the same time try to get a settled side, but with what?s gone on with the injuries, I can?t do that on this occasion… ?The penny is dropping with one or two that this is the way we are wanting to go. They?re accepting it and starting to enjoy it. ?But the lads have to know tonight is not important, other than a good performance, and if it?s anything like the training then we will be okay.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Kevin Ratcliffe on Wales v…
BBC News – Aug 16, 2006
Both sets of players treated it in the right manner, which is not often the case for games like these. Considering the Premiership starts on Saturday, you would have maybe expected the likes of Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy to take a little bit more care and not rush around so much… So one or two of the Wales players were a little rusty – especially in front of goal. There were plenty of scoring opportunities, and I suppose the only criticism from the match is that Wales failed to test the Bulgaria goalkeeper well enough. But the performance will certainly cause the Czech Republic a little bit of concern ahead of next month’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier. That is the best I’ve seen Wales pass and move in a long time – especially going forward. Wales were shaky at the back at times, and I was a little bit critical of Danny Gabbidon and James Collins. But I believe Gabbidon had only had 45 minutes on the pitch since the end of last season beforehand, so that is why he looked a bit ring-rusty. Collins switched off once or twice, but they were the only mistakes in the match.

Today’s TV & radio choices | Tv And Radio | Arts | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2006
CR Match of the Day Live: England v Greece BBC 1, 7. 55 pm After the frustrations of Germany, the Steve McClaren era – it’s a dizzying prospect, I know – gets under way at Old Trafford with John Terry as the new England captain. It’s a friendly ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia early next month. Appropriately enough, the opposition tonight is Greece, whom England will be hoping to replace as European champions in two years. Gary Lineker hosts, the kick-off is at 8. CR Blizzard: Race to the Pole BBC 2, 9.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Giggs confident of Euro…
BBC News – Aug 16, 2006
Wales captain Giggs said: “We’re not kidding ourselves – we’d take a draw now with the Czech Republic. “They’re probably the favourites and an away game against them first up in the campaign isn’t ideal. “But if we could get a point on the board, the next two matches (at home to Slovakia and Cyprus) are winnable. ”

Wales never recovered from a poor start two years in their last qualifying campaign which yielded just two points from their first four games.

Rehhagel must prove he is still the king
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 16, 2006
In the big matches against Ukraine, Denmark and the old enemy, Turkey, the Greeks found the net three times in six matches. Rehhagel, who celebrated his 68th birthday earlier this month, never planned to be still in the job he took five years ago. On the triumphant flight from Lisbon to Athens, he told the Greek FA he did not wish to lead the qualification campaign for Euro 2008. “I don’t want to be carried to a football ground in a wheelchair,” he retorted. The enticing task of leading his native Germany into the World Cup was surprisingly rejected to be offered instead to Jurgen Klinsmann, a man who loathed him after Rehhagel’s brief, disastrous season at Bayern Munich a decade ago. An eccentric autocrat, who used his wife as a scout, Rehhagel may have won three Bundesliga titles with unfashionable clubs but many doubted his ability to manage big-name footballers. So he remained in his adopted home and, like Sir Bobby Robson, he has found the game’s allure difficult to give up, especially when remembering the Athens crowds chanting: “God is a German.

Ashton could return for UEFA games
Ireland Online – Aug 16, 2006
It is a bitter blow for the 22-year-old, who would have made his senior international debut against Greece tonight 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 ?7. 7m) 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… Pardew?s decision to sign Cole for ?2m (?3m) from Chelsea, questioned by some at the time because it took West Ham?s tally of strikers to five, is already looking a wise move. ?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 Norwich?s England goalkeeper Robert Green could be completed today.

RTÉ Sport: Staunton admits Irish were second best
rte.ie – Aug 17, 2006
Admittedly, Staunton was without several key names such as captain Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Damien Duff, Andy Reid, Richard Dunne and Ian Harte. But then The Netherlands are very much in a transitional period, with coach Marco van Basten employing many inexperienced players in his side as he has opted to dispense with a lot of the old guard after a disappointing World Cup. Staunton will now desperately hope many of his big-game players return for the crucial opening fixture of the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Germany in Stuttgart on September 2. To add to his woes, though, stand-in captain Steven Reid and Stephen Carr suffered ankle and hamstring injuries that could now make them doubts. ‘The Dutch showed their class and gave us a lesson,’ admitted Staunton. He added: ‘We never got near them in the first half, and basically they did to us what we wanted to do to them. We all know there were mistakes in there, and you can’t legislate for those, but players do make them… He added: ‘We never got near them in the first half, and basically they did to us what we wanted to do to them. We all know there were mistakes in there, and you can’t legislate for those, but players do make them. ‘I’m not too concerned now, but I know we’ve a lot of hard work to do. We are building for the future, and that was shown tonight. ‘With a little bit of luck we will have everybody fit for the game with Germany, and if that is the case then we will be in a lot better shape. ‘
The mounting injury crisis has clearly gnawed away at Staunton over the past few days, adding: ‘We’ve 17 days to go before the game with Germany, and we’ve a lot of injuries. ‘Apart from those already out we’ve another couple of scares to now contend with, with Steven Reid and Stephen Carr.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Republic of Ireland 0-4…
BBC News – Aug 16, 2006
Huntelaar was left unmarked to head a 25th-minute opener and he set up Robben for number two 16 minutes later. Huntelaar chipped in the third with Van Persie rifling in another. It was the Republic’s worst home defeat for 40 years and there were few positives as they prepare for their Euro 2008 qualification opener against Germany on 2 September. The Irish were without the services of eight players from Staunton’s original squad, five of whom would have started. Captain Robbie Keane, vice-captain Shay Given, Damien Duff, Richard Dunne and Ian Harte were among the notable absentees. Ajax striker Huntelaar had an effort wrongly ruled out for offside before heading the opener from a Van Persie corner. Further misery ensued four minutes from the break as Sunderland striker Stephen Elliott played a poor backpass into a crowded area, allowing Huntelaar to back flick the ball to Robben who beat keeper Paddy Kenny with a low drive.

Italy Beaten but Wins for Germany, England and Dutch
Arab News – Aug 18, 2006
In their first game under new coach Roberto Donadoni the Italian reserves saw the country?s 25-game unbeaten run come to an end via first half goals for Eduardo da Silva and Luka Modric as Slaven Bilic made an impressive start as Croatia coach. There were better results for some of Europe?s other major teams on a busy night of Euro 2008 warm-up friendlies with Germany, Netherlands and England all claiming big wins. Germany, under new coach Joachim Loew, beat Sweden 3-0, England, also under new management in the shape of Steve McClaren, swept aside ailing European champions Greece 4-0 while the Dutch were impressive 4-0 winners in Ireland. World Cup runners-up France snatched a late 2-1 win in Bosnia, Serbia, playing for the first time as a solo entity after Montenegro?s independence, had an impressive 3-1 win in the Czech Republic to give coach Javier Clemente a great start while Norway stretched their unbeaten run against Brazil to four after a 1-1 draw in Oslo. Italy?s homecoming turned out to be a disappointing one in Livorno as Donadoni?s stand-ins were not able to rise to the challenge set by Croatia. Brazilian born Da Silva put the visitors ahead with a 28th minute header and Modric tucked in a rebound for the second… Germany, under new coach Joachim Loew, beat Sweden 3-0, England, also under new management in the shape of Steve McClaren, swept aside ailing European champions Greece 4-0 while the Dutch were impressive 4-0 winners in Ireland. World Cup runners-up France snatched a late 2-1 win in Bosnia, Serbia, playing for the first time as a solo entity after Montenegro?s independence, had an impressive 3-1 win in the Czech Republic to give coach Javier Clemente a great start while Norway stretched their unbeaten run against Brazil to four after a 1-1 draw in Oslo. Italy?s homecoming turned out to be a disappointing one in Livorno as Donadoni?s stand-ins were not able to rise to the challenge set by Croatia. Brazilian born Da Silva put the visitors ahead with a 28th minute header and Modric tucked in a rebound for the second. In a remarkable parallel to the World Cup, Germany raced into a two-goal lead against Sweden with goals by Bernd Schneider and Miroslav Klose in the first eight minutes. In the second round of the World Cup Germany beat Sweden 2-0 with two goals by Lukas Podolski in the first 12 minutes but this time Klose added the third to give Juergen Klinsmann?s former assistant Loew a flying start. England began the long and painful recovery from the World Cup with an impressive demolition of Greece with all four goals coming in the first half.

Surgery to rule Harte out of German game
Irish Times – Aug 18, 2006
Levante said that they had not yet decided the date of the operation, but that the former Leeds United player would be out of action for between four and five weeks following surgery. That means that Harte will be ruled out of Ireland’s opening Euro 2008 qualification game away to Germany on September 2nd. The Primera Liga side, who were promoted after finishing third in the second division last season, said that the 28-year-old has been suffering problems because of a cyst at the top of his fibula. © 2006 ireland… Levante said that they had not yet decided the date of the operation, but that the former Leeds United player would be out of action for between four and five weeks following surgery. That means that Harte will be ruled out of Ireland’s opening Euro 2008 qualification game away to Germany on September 2nd. The Primera Liga side, who were promoted after finishing third in the second division last season, said that the 28-year-old has been suffering problems because of a cyst at the top of his fibula. © 2006 ireland.

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