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September 1, 2006

Italy, Germany urged to forget World Cup memories

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The News Review:

* Portugal’s soccer federation tries to settle escalating dispute
* McClaren needs high-scoring Euro debut
* Wenger satisfied with Arsenal’s last-minute transfer moves
* Italy, Germany urged to forget World Cup memories
* Ballack: We must forget World Cup
* Blues anger at dope testing fine | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
* Delaney seeks Uefa transfer talks
* BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Extra police for qualifier…
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Win tickets!
* RTÉ Sport: UEFA clamp down on dissent

Portugal’s soccer federation tries to settle escalating dispute
International Herald Tribune – Sep 1, 2006
Portugal’s soccer federation has suspended Gil Vicente from all soccer competitions until it meets FIFA’s demand to withdraw its legal action. Domestic federation president Madail met FIFA’s president Joseph Blatter on Thursday and afterward said he was “not optimistic” about a forthcoming ruling on the dispute by world soccer’s governing body. Adding to the confusion, second division team Leixoes claims it — not Belenenses — is entitled to move up if Gil Vicente goes down. The Justice Council ruled in favour of Belensenses on Friday and kept Leixoes in the second division. League president Valentim Loureiro last week suspended all season openers involving Gil Vicente, Belenenses and Leixoes. Both Gil Vicente and Belenenses had said they would turn up at the Stadium of Light to play Benfica. There are no top league matches in Europe this weekend because of Euro 2008 qualifiers… Both Gil Vicente and Belenenses had said they would turn up at the Stadium of Light to play Benfica. There are no top league matches in Europe this weekend because of Euro 2008 qualifiers. Portugal plays its first Euro 2008 qualifier in Finland on Wednesday.

McClaren needs high-scoring Euro debut
International Herald Tribune – Sep 1, 2006
Some of the post-World Cup gloom was lifted by an impressive 4-0 victory over Greece in last month’s friendly. But McClaren has to convince a skeptical nation that he can turn a talented bunch of individuals into a team capable of winning a major title, starting with the 2008 European Championship. “I said before the Greece game that we are not as good as we think we are,” McClaren said on the eve of the Euro 2008 qualifying game against Andorra. “We need to go up the ladder again after improving against Greece. “We need to become a great team. We’re not that at the moment and we need to produce performances that gets us that recognition. It started against Greece.

Wenger satisfied with Arsenal’s last-minute transfer moves
International Herald Tribune – Sep 1, 2006
“It was not irritating at all. I promised him that he could go, so I never counted on him. ” With the move expected, Cole had not played for Arsenal this season although he has lined up for England and is due to face Andorra in a Euro 2008 qualifying game at Old Trafford on Saturday. Wenger was reluctant to let Cole go unless his club received a fee it thought acceptable. The two London clubs issued a joint statement in the early hours of Friday saying that Arsenal had accepted 5 million pounds (US$9. 5 million; €7. 4 million) plus Gallas in return for Cole.

Italy, Germany urged to forget World Cup memories
International Herald Tribune – Sep 1, 2006
With Steve McClaren now in charge instead of Sven-Goran Eriksson, England is confident of opening with a home win Saturday over Andorra, which has won only one of its 40 qualifiers. McClaren began with an impressive 4-0 victory over European Champion Greece in a friendly three weeks ago, and he knows his team has to maintain the momentum. “I said before the Greece game that we are not as good as we think we are,” said McClaren, who immediately dropped David Beckham after taking over. “We need to go up the ladder again after improving against Greece. We need to become a great team, we’re not that at the moment and we need to produce performances that gets us that recognition. It started against Greece. ” With games against main rivals Croatia, Russia and Israel to come, victories over Andorra and Macedonia are essential are for England… “It is tough playing against a country whose main concern is avoiding goals,” Van Basten said. “There will be little space available and we will have to do all the creative play. ” The former AC Milan great has given prolific Ajax striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar his chance to shine at Euro 2008 after having left him out of the World Cup squad. Spain, with Luis Aragones still coach, should also start with an easy victory over Liechtenstein in Group F. Spain went out in the World Cup’s second round after a promising start and goalkeeper Iker Casillas says fans are slow to support a team which has recently failed and is playing weak opponents. “After a flop it’s difficult to get people interested,” Madrid’s No.

Ballack: We must forget World Cup
BBC News – Sep 1, 2006
“Our first goal has to be to qualify for the European Championship and that will be hard enough,” said Ballack. “Away games against Slovakia, Wales or Ireland are not going to be a piece of cake. Once we have achieved that goal, only then can we say we want to win the title. “I am sure we can qualify, but you never know what canhappen… “Our first goal has to be to qualify for the European Championship and that will be hard enough,” said Ballack. “Away games against Slovakia, Wales or Ireland are not going to be a piece of cake. Once we have achieved that goal, only then can we say we want to win the title. “I am sure we can qualify, but you never know what canhappen. ”
Ballack, who missed the game against Sweden because of a hip injury, is likely to play a defensive role similar tothat he had during the World Cup. Central defenders Per Mertesacker and Christoph Metzelder are out and Malik Fathi and Manuel Friedrich, who made brief debuts against the Swedes, are expected to start at the back.

Blues anger at dope testing fine | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
Guardian Unlimited – Sep 1, 2006
No other sport comes anywhere near that. “Claude Makelele has announced that he will end his international career following France’s qualifier against Italy on Wednesday. The midfielder yesterday confirmed Chelsea’s complaint that he was called into the current squad against his wishes and will not make himself available after the opening two Euro 2008 qualifiers. Makelele said he had asked to stop playing for his country after the World Cup and only accepted a call-up for tomorrow’s game against Georgia and the Italy match because, having been named in the squad, he faced being banned by Fifa from at least one Chelsea fixture.

Delaney seeks Uefa transfer talks
BBC News – Sep 1, 2006

Kilbane has joined Wigan from Everton, with Kavanagh leaving the Latics to move to Sunderland, along with Miller from Manchester United, while Douglas has signed for Leeds from Blackburn. Ireland’s international football consultant Sir Bobby Robson, meanwhile, has suffered minor complications in his recovery from surgery required nine days ago to remove a small brain tumour. Although Robson does not need follow-up chemotherapy or radiation treatment, he is undergoing physiotherapy as a slight swelling to his brain has caused temporary loss of movement in part of his left leg and left arm. Although it was always understood Robson was never going to be on hand for the game in Germany, he had expressed hope of travelling to Cyprus for the next match in early October, but that is now in doubt.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Extra police for qualifier…
BBC News – Sep 1, 2006
The match – England’s first Euro 2008 fixture – is set to attract massive crowds so patrols will be stepped up in the ground, Salford Quays and the city. Those with football banning orders have been warned not to try to get into the game, which kicks off at 1700 BST. Spotters will also be around to identify troublemakers. Alcohol cordon

An alcohol cordon will also be in operation and fans with cans and bottles of alcohol will be asked to throw them away. Any supporters turning up drunk will be refused entry to the ground… The match – England’s first Euro 2008 fixture – is set to attract massive crowds so patrols will be stepped up in the ground, Salford Quays and the city. Those with football banning orders have been warned not to try to get into the game, which kicks off at 1700 BST. Spotters will also be around to identify troublemakers. Alcohol cordon

An alcohol cordon will also be in operation and fans with cans and bottles of alcohol will be asked to throw them away. Any supporters turning up drunk will be refused entry to the ground. Supt Charlie Coxon said: “We will not allow a small minority to ruin the game for the vast majority of true football fans.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Win tickets!
BBC News – Sep 1, 2006
There is no cash alternative to this prize. Please note, transport is not included in this prize, winners will be expected to make their own way to the venue. Your personal information will only be used by the BBC for the purposes of administering this competition. The tickets for the Iceland game were won by Darren Burnside, Dundee who correctly answered that Paul Robinson was in the England goal when Northern Ireland defeated England 1-0 at Windsor Park last year.

RTÉ Sport: UEFA clamp down on dissent
rte.ie – Sep 1, 2006
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UEFA clamp down on dissent
Friday, 1 September 2006 13:51

Any player attempting to exert undue pressure on a referee in a UEFA competition will receive an immediate yellow card, European football’s governing body have announced. The directive, issued at a gathering of UEFA’s Elite & Premier Referees in Nyon this week, will come into immediate effect for this weekend’s Euro 2008 qualifiers. The ruling, announced in a UEFA press release on Friday, specifically mentions players waving an imaginary card to get an opponent booked, dissent by gesture or running towards a referee and crowding around a referee as offences that would warrant a yellow card. When players crowd around an official, referees have been instructed to caution at least one player and ‘not only the initiator’, according to the press release. A UEFA statement said: ‘UEFA is determined to stop dissent and the harassment of referees and wishes to make players and team officials aware that referees in all UEFA competitions will punish such confrontations on the pitch appropriately… The directive, issued at a gathering of UEFA’s Elite & Premier Referees in Nyon this week, will come into immediate effect for this weekend’s Euro 2008 qualifiers. The ruling, announced in a UEFA press release on Friday, specifically mentions players waving an imaginary card to get an opponent booked, dissent by gesture or running towards a referee and crowding around a referee as offences that would warrant a yellow card. When players crowd around an official, referees have been instructed to caution at least one player and ‘not only the initiator’, according to the press release. A UEFA statement said: ‘UEFA is determined to stop dissent and the harassment of referees and wishes to make players and team officials aware that referees in all UEFA competitions will punish such confrontations on the pitch appropriately.

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