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August 30, 2006

England must show class – Lampard

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* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | NI optimism ahead of Iceland…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Cautious Staunton taking no…
* No sign of blues for Makelele
* England must show class – Lampard
* Cole saga may still be resolved
* Italian federation deny Juventus talks
* RTÉ Sport: Kilbane predicts Republic renaissance
* Barwick keeps United sweet
* BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Celtic complete Gravesen capture
* Spurs sign Mido | Breaking Sport | Sport | Telegraph
* No confidence in Irish team, says online bookie

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | NI optimism ahead of Iceland…
BBC News – Aug 30, 2006
The recent 2-1 friendly win in Finland suggested that Lawrie Sanchez’s side are building on the promise of the last World Cup qualifying campaign. “A win like that gives you confidence” said the Northern Ireland captain ahead of Saturday’s game against Iceland. “And in the last campaign, we pulled off some really good results… “We’ve got to be confident – without being over-confident. “The last campaign helped us get a bit of belief and having that bit of confidence so that you are not afraid of anything. ”

The ever-cautious Hughes is not making any bold boasts that Northern Ireland will qualify but that will be the aim. “It’s certainly been a long time since we’ve been in a major competition,” reflects the Cookstown man.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Cautious Staunton taking no…
BBC News – Aug 30, 2006
Newcastle trio Shay Given, Damien Duff and Stephen Carr plus Stephen Elliott and Liam Miller were rested from training on Wednesday as a precaution. “There was nothing serious, just little knocks and strains from the weekend which we knew of,” said Staunton. Sub keeper Paddy Kenny and Stephen Kelly are already out of the squad. Sheffield United goalkeeper Kenny has a thigh strain while Birmingham right-back Stephen Kelly misses out because of a calf strain.

No sign of blues for Makelele
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 30, 2006
“Chelsea’s interests are not my concern,” Domenech said. “The debate is closed as far as I am concerned. The enormity of his words [Mourinho’s] makes them laughable. Makelele is stuck in the middle. He is suffering from both sides… He is suffering from both sides. I have the whip in my hand and Chelsea has other arguments. “As the beaten World Cup finalists prepared for their opening Euro 2008 qualifying tie against Georgia on Saturday, Manchester United striker Louis Saha said: “He has huge experience and he can be of some great help for this qualifying campaign. “Former Newcastle defender Jean-Alain Boumsong added: “He came here on his own will and from what I could see he didn’t drag his feet. He obviously likes playing for France. It would be a paradoxical situation if a national squad decided to leave aside a player who does great with his club. There must be a way to set up a fair agreement for both sides but ‘slave’ is too strong a word.

England must show class – Lampard
BBC News – Aug 30, 2006
England open their qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 against opponents who are not expected to provide a tough test. “We’ve got to reproduce the Greece performance – if we can, we can give the best teams in the world a really good game,” said Lampard. “Andorra aren’t one of the best teams, but we have to respect them. ”

England, ranked fifth in the world by Fifa, begin their Group E qualifying campaign against the small nation ranked 132nd. Lampard said England had to play with confidence and style.

Cole saga may still be resolved
rte.ie – Aug 30, 2006
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Cole saga may still be resolved
Wednesday, 30 August 2006 11:18

Jose Mourinho’s pursuit of Ashley Cole will not be wrecked by England’s preparations for Euro 2008. Mourinho’s time is running out if he is to make Cole a Chelsea player before the transfer window closes tomorrow. The left-back will still be an Arsenal man when Steve McClaren puts his squad through their paces at Manchester United’s training ground in Carrington today. But the England boss will not stop Cole returning south to sort out his future if Chelsea and Arsenal suddenly find a solution to their stalemate. McClaren wants his players focused on the preparations for the qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia but international commitments do not prevent transfers taking place.

Italian federation deny Juventus talks
rte.ie – Aug 30, 2006
Juve were relegated to Serie B and docked 17 points by the FIGC from the start of next season for their part in the country’s match-fixing scandal. An appeal against the sanctions was thrown out by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) last week and Juve instead vowed to take further action by going out of the sporting jurisdiction and to the TAR. This provoked an angry reaction from FIFA, who threatened to exclude Italian sides from European competition and disqualify Italy from the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign if the FIGC did not intervene. The FIGC warned more sanctions would be imposed if Juventus did indeed turn to the TAR, with reports on Tuesday suggested the two parties had once again sat around the table to find a compromise. However, FIGC interim president Guido Rossi has denied this, saying: ‘There have not been any negotiations between the FIGC and Juventus. ‘The position of the FIGC remains the same as it was with all of the other clubs. ‘Our legal teams are preparing the reply to Juventus’ appeal, which will be discussed in front of the TAR this coming Friday.

RTÉ Sport: Kilbane predicts Republic renaissance
rte.ie – Aug 30, 2006
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Kilbane predicts Republic renaissance
Wednesday, 30 August 2006 20:14

Kevin Kilbane believes the Republic of Ireland are ready to defy their critics and qualify again for a major championship. Since playing in the World Cup in 1994 in America, Ireland have reached the finals of just one of the last six tournaments. Steve Staunton’s side return to the scene of one of their famous triumphs when they embark on the road to the Euro 2008 finals. It was 18 years ago Ireland momentously beat England in Stuttgart, with the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium hosting Saturday’s opening Group D qualifying clash with Germany. With the Staunton era still very much in its infancy, not many are giving the current Ireland side a chance of emulating the feat of ’88, in particular after a 4-0 friendly hammering to Holland two weeks ago. But Everton midfielder Kilbane feels Ireland cannot be written off as he said: ‘Qualifying is going to be tough, but I believe we can qualify – we should believe we are going to qualify. ‘It’s about time we did… Steve Staunton’s side return to the scene of one of their famous triumphs when they embark on the road to the Euro 2008 finals. It was 18 years ago Ireland momentously beat England in Stuttgart, with the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium hosting Saturday’s opening Group D qualifying clash with Germany. With the Staunton era still very much in its infancy, not many are giving the current Ireland side a chance of emulating the feat of ’88, in particular after a 4-0 friendly hammering to Holland two weeks ago. But Everton midfielder Kilbane feels Ireland cannot be written off as he said: ‘Qualifying is going to be tough, but I believe we can qualify – we should believe we are going to qualify. ‘It’s about time we did. We’ve not qualified for the last two, and that’s been a big disappointment bearing in mind the players we’ve got. ‘After the 2002 World Cup in Japan we were all expecting to go on to bigger and better things, but it’s not happened for us, and now we have to put that right.

Barwick keeps United sweet
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 30, 2006
“Manchester United put an appeal in, our independent disciplinary commission turned down that appeal. I can understand the context of Manchester United’s disappointment but we move on. “Rooney, who is suspended for Saturday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Andorra as well as next Wednesday’s game against Macedonia, has served two games of his three match suspension in the Premiership. He was hit with the ban after being sent off for raising an arm in a challenge with Porto defender Pepe during a pre-season tournament. United argued that the punishment should not stand because it took place in a friendly, but the four-man disciplinary tribunal unanimously rejected their appeal two weeks ago. But while he was making conciliatory noises to United and Rooney, Barwick hit back at the Government and other critics who have blamed him for the lack of progress on the Burns structural review. It is more than 12 months since the report by Lord Burns on the future of the FA was published but no decisions on reform have yet been agreed… “Rooney, who is suspended for Saturday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Andorra as well as next Wednesday’s game against Macedonia, has served two games of his three match suspension in the Premiership. He was hit with the ban after being sent off for raising an arm in a challenge with Porto defender Pepe during a pre-season tournament. United argued that the punishment should not stand because it took place in a friendly, but the four-man disciplinary tribunal unanimously rejected their appeal two weeks ago. But while he was making conciliatory noises to United and Rooney, Barwick hit back at the Government and other critics who have blamed him for the lack of progress on the Burns structural review. It is more than 12 months since the report by Lord Burns on the future of the FA was published but no decisions on reform have yet been agreed. Barwick added: “The FA is a 143-year-old organisation and it should be evolution not revolution. This is our internal structural review so in a way it should be us who lead it and deliver it to our time frame, no one else’s.

BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Celtic complete Gravesen capture
BBC News – Aug 30, 2006
“He is a player with great ability, experience and character – qualities which could enhance any team. ”

And Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell added: “It is fantastic that we are able to welcome a player of Thomas’s quality to Celtic Park. ”

Gravesen will meet up with his new team-mates next week after Friday’s friendly against Portugal and his country’s Euro 2008 qualifier away to Iceland next Wednesday.

Spurs sign Mido | Breaking Sport | Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 30, 2006
United are also reported to be interested in signing Juventus and France striker David Trezeguet. France coach Raymond Domenech has said that national teams should take priority over clubs after he was accused of treating Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele like a “slave” by Jose Mourinho. Makelele, 33, announced his international retirement after the World Cup in Germany, but Domenech did not accept his decision and called him up for two Euro 2008 qualifiers, against Georgia and Italy on Sept 2 and 6 respectively. The move angered Mourinho, who said Makelele was being treated poorly and not being allowed to retire by the French football federation.

No confidence in Irish team, says online bookie
Ireland Online – Aug 30, 2006
com to beat Germany in their Euro 2008 qualifier in Stuttgart this Saturday ? largely due to the lack of confidence among the betting public. Pictured: Ireland manager Steve Staunton. com to beat Germany in their Euro 2008 qualifier in Stuttgart this Saturday ? largely due to the lack of confidence among the betting public. ?On Betfair, it’s the betting public who set the odds, and this is perhaps the biggest vote of ‘no confidence’ we’ve seen in an Ireland team for a decade,? said Betfair’s Eoin Ryan… com to beat Germany in their Euro 2008 qualifier in Stuttgart this Saturday ? largely due to the lack of confidence among the betting public. ?On Betfair, it’s the betting public who set the odds, and this is perhaps the biggest vote of ‘no confidence’ we’ve seen in an Ireland team for a decade,? said Betfair’s Eoin Ryan. ?Not so long ago it was conceivable that we could get a result away to Germany, but now you can have 10-1, and all the smart money is on a German win.

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