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September 2, 2006

Tevez and Mascherano join West Ham

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Northern Ireland 0-3 Iceland
* Cup final replay looms
* Neville nestles back in the pack as loyalty reaps its rewards
* Tevez and Mascherano join West Ham
* Lehmann wary of Irish backlash
* Fanzone – Forums
* Italy held to draw in Euro 2008 qualifying; Germany, Netherlands get…

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Northern Ireland 0-3 Iceland
BBC News – Sep 2, 2006
Lawrie Sanchez threw Burnley teenager Kyle Laverty into the attack with 27 minutes left. To complete a miserable day for Northern Ireland, captain Aaron Hughes came off with a gash above his eye near the end. Northern Ireland, who failed to score in their entire Euro 2004 campaign, now face Spain at home on Wednesday. Northern Ireland: Taylor, Baird, Capaldi (Duff 76), Aaron Hughes, Craigan, Clingan, Gillespie, Elliott (Lafferty 63), Davis, Healy, Quinn (Feeney 83). Subs Not Used: Carroll, McCann, Jones, Sproule. Iceland: Arason, Steinsson, Indridi Sigurdsson, Ingimarsson, Hreidarsson, Brynjar Gunnarsson (Gislason 75), Arnason (Danielsson 55), Joey Gudjonsson, Gudjohnsen, Hannes Sigurdsson (Hjalmar Jonsson 64), Thorvaldsson.

Cup final replay looms
NEWS.com.au – Aug 31, 2006
AC Milan’s Alessandro Nesta is still missing because of the thigh injury that kept him out of the late stages of the World Cup. But Donadoni has recalled striker Antonio Cassano, who is returning to form at Real Madrid under new coach Fabio Capello. He was the team’s top scorer with two goals at Euro 2004 in Portugal but has not played for the national team since June 2005. "Now he has his chance and I think he’s going to want to take advantage of it," Donadoni said. "He’s just a kid with a huge amount of talent. "
While the Italians have changed their coach and many familiar faces on the sidelines, the French still have Raymond Domenech in charge and only Zidane missing. Defender Lilian Thuram, who has moved to FC Barcelona, and Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele were expected to follow Zidane through the exit door, at least so far as the national team was concerned.

Neville nestles back in the pack as loyalty reaps its rewards
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 31, 2006
Having rejected the unhelpful advice of friends who suggested Neville crudely tell Sven-Goran Eriksson where to go after being recalled from a Caribbean holiday to fill the painfully frustrating stand-by role in the run-up to the World Cup, the defender-cum-midfielder is now reaping the rewards of his commendable loyalty under McClaren’s tenure. Not that Neville ever contemplated burning his bridges with the international set-up. The 29-year-old has grown used to a peripheral role in the England set-up ever since he suffered the disappointment of being left out of Glenn Hoddle’s final party for the 1998 World Cup. This year, fuelled by the sense of injustice at being overlooked by Eriksson, has restated Neville’s claims so convincingly that he is expected to return to competitive action against Andorra this weekend for the first time since the Euro 2004 finals. Neville’s place is anything but secure, his opportunity likely to come at right-back only because older brother Gary is injured, but his desire to be involved goes a long towards explaining just why McClaren wasted little time in recalling the player… Not that Neville ever contemplated burning his bridges with the international set-up. The 29-year-old has grown used to a peripheral role in the England set-up ever since he suffered the disappointment of being left out of Glenn Hoddle’s final party for the 1998 World Cup. This year, fuelled by the sense of injustice at being overlooked by Eriksson, has restated Neville’s claims so convincingly that he is expected to return to competitive action against Andorra this weekend for the first time since the Euro 2004 finals. Neville’s place is anything but secure, his opportunity likely to come at right-back only because older brother Gary is injured, but his desire to be involved goes a long towards explaining just why McClaren wasted little time in recalling the player. “But in the summer I didn’t think the manager was right and when I was called back to join up with the squad, albeit only on stand-by, that gave me a massive carrot in terms of knowing a new manager was coming in and I could still fight for my place.

Tevez and Mascherano join West Ham
CNN International – Aug 31, 2006
Striker Tevez and midfielder Mascherano both starred for their country at the World Cup and were tipped for big-money moves to one of Europe’s top sides. However, Upton Park will now be their new destination after both players signed permanent deals. Tevez has not appeared at Corinthians for 10 days and Mascherano, suspended from Wednesday’s win over Sao Caetano, also missed training on Tuesday. Corinthians lifted the Brazilian title last season but are struggling in the relegation zone this term. Tevez and Mascherano are in London this weekend, in Argentina’s squad for the friendly against Brazil at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. The transfers echo the shock double signing of Ossie Ardiles and Ricardo Villa who joined Tottenham Hotspur just weeks after Argentina won the World Cup in 1978. That deal transformed Tottenham’s fortunes in the late 1970s and early 1980s and Tevez and Mascherano will become heroes in east London if they are anywhere near as successful as Ardiles and Villa were at Spurs… 5 million euros ($3. 21 million) for Charisteas, their first signing from arch-rivals Ajax in 14 years. The 26-year-old, who scored the winning goal in the Euro 2004 final against Portugal, has agreed a three-year contract with Feyenoord. Charisteas left Werder Bremen for Ajax in January 2005 but was never a first choice. He scored 10 goals in 31 league appearances. Tools: Save |
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Lehmann wary of Irish backlash
Irish Times – Sep 1, 2006
New coach Joachim Loew’s side start their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with a Group D clash against the Republic in Stuttgart. Fresh from finishing third in the World Cup on home soil, Germany are expected to brush aside Ireland’s challenge. But Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann, Germany’s undisputed number one goalkeeper in the wake of Oliver Kahn’s retirement after the World Cup, insists Ireland pose a very distinct threat. “I’ve looked at the Irish squad and I know they are all very good players,” said the 36-year-old… “If things don’t go as well as expected, then maybe we will have to look and think again. “Lehmann feels Germany should rightly be proclaimed as favourites to top a group which also includes the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Wales, Cyprus and San Marino. But Loew knows favouritism can count for nothing, particularly as Germany were far from convincing in their qualifying campaigns for Euro 2000 and Euro 2004. Loew is also urging his players to put the World Cup behind them, insisting: “This is a new era. “While the World Cup was fantastic, we have to draw a line under it now. It is a case of going back to square one. “Yes, we played well at the World Cup, made a name for ourselves and presented ourselves positively, but we failed in reaching our ultimate goal which was to win it.

Fanzone – Forums
UEFA – Sep 1, 2006
Let’s say, in matters of how important they are we can consider national team games as 60% of “worth”, UEFA games as 30% and domestic league games as 10%. So, you can count Eto’o performances in La Liga if you want (and you should, since it’s also a competiton), but you MUST also count his performances in UEFA competitions and for his national team and you should know that those games CAN’T be considered “equals”. I disagree with you when you say “when you see a good player, you know he is good no matter against who he is playing”!!! This is false! Australia “smashes” all theirs opponents in the Oceania zone, they even defeated the American Samoa 31-0 and one of theirs forwards, Thompson, scored more than 10 goals!! Should we consider him a “super forward” because of that? Of course not, we should also consider against whom he achieved that!! If you are a super player playing against under-10 teams, or playing against women teams, of playing against amateurs… you know what I mean, against weak opponents, we really can’t “measure” how good you are for your performances against them! Do you really think that what most people believe will happen really matters??? Do you think most people believed Greece would win Euro 2004?? So what, they won it the same way, no matter if most people believed it or not! This isn’t an isolated example!! “Most” times (this is funny, I’m saying majorities are wrong mentioning a majority itself!!!!) what “most” people think doesn’t happen. There are many reasons that make me think Chelsea is the clear favourite to win. I just don’t want to post them, not now. And unlike you, I won’t change my mind because of what others think.

Italy held to draw in Euro 2008 qualifying; Germany, Netherlands get…
International Herald Tribune – Sep 2, 2006
“This type of match is never easy,” Domenech said. “Georgia are a good team. We did not take this match lightly. The fact we played well in the first half shows how much we respected the team in front of us. ” In another Group B game, Kris Boyd scored two goals to help Scotland to a 5-0 lead by the 38th minute on the way to a 6-0 victory over the Faeroe Islands. The Faeroes have now conceded 12 goals in two matches. Co-strikers Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe scored two goals each in England’s predictably easy win over Andorra at Old Trafford in Group E… Wales leveled through an own-goal by Martin Jiranek in the 85th, but Lafata struck again with a minute to go. Despite their victories, both the Germans and Czechs are behind Slovakia on goal difference because the Slovaks crushed Cyprus 6-1 with striker Marek Mintal scoring two goals and setting up two more. A surprise winner at Euro 2004, Greece began with a routine victory. Although Angelos Basinas sent a first-half penalty over the bar in Chisinau, Nikos Lyberopoulos scored the winner in the 77th. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose career appeared to be over when he was sidelined for almost two years with a serious knee injury, scored twice in Norway’s 4-1 Group C victory over Hungary in Budapest. Another comparative veteran, Jari Litmanen, scored twice in Finland’s 3-1 victory at Poland in a Group A game. In the same group, Serbia edged Azerbaijan 1-0 thanks to a strike by Nikola Zigic in the 72nd.

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