Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

September 2, 2006

Woodward quits Southampton

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The News Review:

* World Cup 2006 | 09.02.2006 England Soccer Fans Get World Cup Warning
* IRB dismiss ‘open’ re-vote for World Cup
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | BBC pundits on England
* Woodward quits Southampton
* Ronaldinho doubt to face Argentina
* BBC NEWS | Business | Premier clubs enjoy summer spree
* Stars’ exit no cause for panic
* ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
* SFA must extend Smith’s deal or else, insists Burns
* Quality squad named to face Kuwait
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kufuor joins Livorno on loan
* Tevez and Mascherano join West Ham
* Independent Online Edition > Europe
* Keane admits hard-man image was just an act
* Australians dream of hosting 2010 FIFA World Cup
* BBC SPORT | Football | Gossip & Transfers | Sunday’s football…

World Cup 2006 | 09.02.2006 England Soccer Fans Get World Cup Warning
Deutsche Welle – Sep 2, 2006
The city is particularly sensitive to any reference to World War II, having been the scene of some notorious Nazi party rallies in the 1930s. After the end of World War II, the German city staged the war crimes trials of several senior Nazis including Rudolf Hess, at one time Hitler’s deputy, and Hermann Goering, the head of the Luftwaffe, the German air force. The cit’s gleaming World Cup stadium also stands in the shadow of the parade ground used for Hitler’s notorious Nazi rallies in the 1930s. The deputy head of the police in Nuremberg, Walter Ernstberger, says Nazi taunts are not funny and will not be tolerated. “England football fans should be aware that the Nazi salute and provocative behavior like goose-stepping in public will be punished,” Ernstberger said. “This simply is a criminal act in Germany. We will offer the warmest welcome to true football fans… In fact, don’t imitate or make insulting reference to the war either, a German police official has warned English fans planning to attend the soccer World Cup in this summer. “England fans should be aware that the Nazi salute and provocative behavior like goose-stepping in public will be punished,” Thursday’s Sun tabloid, Britain’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, quoted Gerhard Hauptmannl, the Nuremberg police chief, as saying. England plays Trinidad and Tobago in Nuremberg in a first-round World Cup match on June 15. The city is particularly sensitive to any reference to World War II, having been the scene of some notorious Nazi party rallies in the 1930s. After the end of World War II, the German city staged the war crimes trials of several senior Nazis including Rudolf Hess, at one time Hitler’s deputy, and Hermann Goering, the head of the Luftwaffe, the German air force. The cit’s gleaming World Cup stadium also stands in the shadow of the parade ground used for Hitler’s notorious Nazi rallies in the 1930s.

IRB dismiss ‘open’ re-vote for World Cup
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 1, 2006
The letter also demanded an ‘open’ re-vote within the next three months. The IRB claim that under their constitution such a legal challenge could only come from the two elected members of the Asian RFU, the secretary and treasurer. The letter, from solicitors Addleshaw Goddard, was delivered to the IRB’s chairman, Syd Millar, in Dublin last Thursday and comes after a private e-mail communication last month from the Asian RFU warning Millar and the IRB of dissatisfaction and dismay among some Asian unions over the Dublin vote.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | BBC pundits on England
BBC News – Sep 2, 2006
But there is now a sense of euphoria following the doom and gloom of the World Cup. There is a tendency to get carried away, but it’s all good news so far. The players will be right behind McClaren – and now the supporters are as well.

Woodward quits Southampton
International Herald Tribune – Aug 31, 2006
Lowe had employed Woodward as technical director last July and Harry Redknapp quit as manager five months later amid reports the two did not work well together. Woodward became director of soccer when George Burley took over as manager in December and Wilde then changed Woodward’s role again. As England rugby union coach, Woodward won the 2003 World Cup. However, he missed out on a return to rugby this month when the Rugby Football Union named Rob Andrew as its elite director. Woodward said he was “enormously grateful” for his time at Southampton. “I will continue to offer my support in the role of a consultant,” he said. “This agreement allows me to accept offers to work with other clubs and within other sports as a consultant in sports science and elite performance.

Ronaldinho doubt to face Argentina
CNN – Sep 2, 2006
"The important thing is to win. (Argentina coach Alfio) Basile has emphasised playing good football but everyone wants to win," Dunga said. "What’s in play (on Sunday) is supremacy in South American football. This match has awakened the same interest as a World Cup final. "Riquelme named captainJuan Roman Riquelme will captain Argentina for the first time in Sunday’s match. Alfio Basile named Riquelme as captain on Saturday when he announced his team for the first match of his second spell as Argentina’s coach. Teenage wonder kid Lionel Messi will partner new West Ham United signing Carlos Tevez in attack, while Hammers’ other new recruit Javier Mascherano retains his World Cup holding midfield role.

BBC NEWS | Business | Premier clubs enjoy summer spree
BBC News – Sep 1, 2006
According to analysis by Deloitte, the total reported spending in the summer by Premiership clubs was ?300m. That took total spending for the year in 2006 to more than ?330m, with Chelsea the biggest spenders at ?70m. Spending was driven by expected TV cash income, and the World Cup “shop window” of international players. The total amount spent this year was greater than in each of the previous three years, with ?285m spent in 2005, ?260m in 2004, and ?250m in 2003. ‘Renewed confidence’

Chelsea once again topped the list of spenders in 2006 with about ?70m invested, taking their reported spending on player acquisitions since July 2003 to more than ?375m – about one-third of overall spending by Premiership clubs in that period. On Thursday, Chelsea ended a long-running saga by signing England full-back Ashley Cole from Arsenal in exchange for ?5m and France defender William Gallas.

Stars’ exit no cause for panic
The Age – Sep 2, 2006
The pair had worked well together as Hiddink’s assistants. Theywere a relatively cheap option, and could be succeeded by a moreexperienced man, if required, in 2008 when the World Cup qualifyingcampaign for South Africa 2010 got under way. Lowy, mindful of the need to sustain the media momentum of theWorld Cup campaign, wanted a coach of similar status to Hiddink,and pursued, among others, former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier. In the end, neither got what they wanted, and Arnold remains incharge, on his own, in a caretaker capacity. There was a further blow two days later when the story brokethat Dwight Yorke, Sydney’s premiership captain, was negotiating toteam with his former Manchester United colleague Roy Keane, now inthe manager’s chair at Championship club Sunderland in England. Yorke moved to Sunderland in a $500,000 transfer on Friday and theA-League lost its highest-profile recruit. The confluence of events — especially the departure ofO’Neill and Yorke — might look like bad news for the game, andsome media outlets have been quick to proclaim that soccer’s dreamrun has come to an end… Alongside Lowy he broughtcredibility in the corporate and government arenas for a sport thatwas desperately seeking to reinvent itself. But Lowy has not got where he is in the business world bystanding on ceremony, and he was quick to point out this week that”no one is irreplaceable”. There remains much to be done, but the groundbreaking heavylifting has already been carried out during O’Neill’s watch ; theSocceroos made it to the World Cup, the A-League has beenestablished, and Football Australia has effected its overdue andpotentially lucrative move into FIFA’s Asian Confederation. As O’Neill put it last month at the launch of the A-League’ssecond season: “The foundations are so well placed it would be hardto mess it up from here. The visibility the game has now means that there will be morehigh-profile candidates from a wide variety of fields throwingtheir hats in the ring to succeed O’Neill. Already the name of Matt Carroll, one of O’Neill’s former ARUcolleagues who accompanied him to the FFA, has been touted as apotential successor, as has NRL chief executive David Gallop. Former young Socceroos defender Craig McLatchey, boss ofSwiss-based Event Knowledge Services, a consultancy group thatworks with the International Olympic Committee, has also beenmentioned, while if the FFA wanted to follow the template of theAFL, it could also consider the claims of a former players’ unionboss in Brendan Schwab.

ireland.com / Today / Sport / Soccer
Irish Times – Sep 2, 2006
But more importantly, I want to win a major trophy for my country. “I’m not sure I will ever get to Peter Shilton’s record of 125 but you never know. I would love to go on to the 2010 World Cup but I don’t think that will happen because I will be 35 by then.

SFA must extend Smith’s deal or else, insists Burns
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 31, 2006
Such a scenario is debatable because Scotland manager Smith, whose contract expires in 2008, would not accept a club job in Scotland, other than at Rangers, where he was in charge for six years until 1998, and his subsequent sojourn in England with Everton was not an unqualified success. Moreover, Scotland’s chances of reaching the 2008 European Championship finals are severely constricted by the presence in their qualifying section of the World Cup finalists, Italy and France, plus the Ukraine, who reached the quarter-finals. Smith, however, has had a positive impact on Scotland’s fortunes after the erratic reign of Berti Vogts and if they can emerge from the imminent double-header against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania with at least four points, it would count as a positive start… Such a scenario is debatable because Scotland manager Smith, whose contract expires in 2008, would not accept a club job in Scotland, other than at Rangers, where he was in charge for six years until 1998, and his subsequent sojourn in England with Everton was not an unqualified success. Moreover, Scotland’s chances of reaching the 2008 European Championship finals are severely constricted by the presence in their qualifying section of the World Cup finalists, Italy and France, plus the Ukraine, who reached the quarter-finals. Smith, however, has had a positive impact on Scotland’s fortunes after the erratic reign of Berti Vogts and if they can emerge from the imminent double-header against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania with at least four points, it would count as a positive start. Walter has lifted everyone,” Burns said.

Quality squad named to face Kuwait
The Age – Aug 31, 2006
Arnold admitted he had to work hard to smooth the waters withplayers such as Ljubo Milicevic, Ahmad Elrich and John McKain, whoare included in this squad but failed to make the cut forGermany. “I had to do a lot of talking and explaining to players who wereleft out of the World Cup group,” Arnold said. “I told them coachesmake decisions for football reasons, not personal reasons andfootball is football. They are around 24 years of age and the 2010World Cup should be their goal. They will be at the peak of theircareers in 2010. Neither Skoko (Wigan) nor Elrich (Fulham) are getting game timewith their Premier League sides, but Arnold said that should onlyincrease their appetite for this match. “I am not worried about that.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Kufuor joins Livorno on loan
BBC News – Sep 1, 2006
The 30-year-old, who featured at the last World Cup finals, will join Ivorian striker Ibrahima Bakayoko at the club. Although Kufuor played 21 games for Roma last season, he spent long spells away on international duty for Ghana. But the central defender could make a quick return to the Italian capital, as Livorno start their Serie A campaign on 9 September away to Roma.

Tevez and Mascherano join West Ham
CNN International – Aug 31, 2006
The pair have signed permanent deals after a transfer fee was agreed with the company that own the players’ transfer rights — Media Sports Investments. The Hammers have beaten off a number of the world’s top clubs — including Premiership trio Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea — to sign the pair. 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.

Independent Online Edition > Europe
Independent – Sep 2, 2006
)Imagine a country at peace for 700 years, except that it was, officially, at war with Germany until 1958. Imagine a country which has two heads of state, one main road, three valleys, one town, several villages and more than 100 duty-free supermarkets. Welcome to Andorra, whose gallant football team takes on the might of England in a European championship qualifying match at Old Trafford today. Don’t dismiss the team lightly. They may mostly be semi-professional footballers and full-time waiters and duty-free shop-assistants, but they once defeated Belarus 2-0. They once held France, then the world champions, to a 1-0 scoreline. Like many other things about Andorra, the football team is capable of springing surprises… Unfortunately for Andorra, he has chosen to play for the Spanish national team. Andorra is currently placed 132nd in the FIFA world rankings, a distinct improvement on its starting position of 188th in 1997. The Andorrans may not be the most skilful team but they compensate by being one of the dirtiest, receiving more red and yellow cards than any other team in the world during the qualifying stages for the 2006 World Cup. This mouse may not be able to roar but it knows how to foul. England have been warned.

Keane admits hard-man image was just an act
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 31, 2006
“I haven’t helped myself over the years with my image and that was part of the scene I had with Manchester United and Ireland,” Keane said at the Stadium of Light, during his first day in charge at Sunderland. “Maybe I was football mad. Maybe psycho is probably too strong a word, but football means a lot to me. It was like an acting job. I would drive up to Old Trafford for any game and I would turn into this mean machine. “That’s the way I felt – it was like going to war… “Instead, I was looking at the bigger picture. “Over the years, no doubt, I’ve crossed the line. It cost me a World Cup in 2002, and you could say my Manchester United career, but as much as that’s a downside I think it’s a big plus, because I do care for the game and who I’m playing with. As a manager, I’ll hopefully get that balance right and hopefully with the experience I’ve had the penny will drop. “Keane has patched up any differences which threatened his relationship with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, to whom he has apologised for his misdemeanours and who remains a key influence. “I always enjoyed the way he defended and looked after the players,” Keane said. “Maybe I did cross that line towards the end and, rightly, was punished for it.

Australians dream of hosting 2010 FIFA World Cup
Taipei Times – Sep 1, 2006
The Sydney Morning Herald ran a front-page story yesterday that passed on rumors that world governing body FIFA had secretly nominated Australia as first reserve should it be deemed necessary to scratch South Africa. Australia now fields Asia’s top team. Australia was in the last 16 at the World Cup in Germany in July, and has flagged a bid for the 2018 World Cup. Under FIFA’s unofficial rotation policy the next three World Cups should go to Africa, South America and Asia… At the time, FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, denied there was a contingency plan. It made the same denial to the Herald this week: “We were asked the same thing in July, and the president [Sepp Blatter] made it clear we were not looking for alternatives. ”
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has backed the 2014 bid, which would be led by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA). The six state premiers have also thrown their weight behind a 2014 bid, noting in a statement issued in July that “we look forward to assisting the FFA’s development of a World Cup bid through discussion and planning around a range of issues including infrastructure, facilities and security. ”
FFA chairman Frank Lowy met Blatter in Germany and received support for Australia’s World Cup bid. Also supportive was Mohamed Bin Hamman, the Qatari who heads the Asian Football Confederation. This story has been viewed 1068 times.

BBC SPORT | Football | Gossip & Transfers | Sunday’s football…
BBC News – Sep 2, 2006
(Daily Star Sunday)

Peter Reid is favourite for the Doncaster job. (People)

Former Doncaster boss Dave Penney is the surprise choice to take over from Peter Taylor as England Under-21 coach. (People)

The FA will hold an inquest into England’s World Cup failure – but Sven-Goran Eriksson will not be invited. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham are ready to offer Martin Jol a new deal. (Daily Star Sunday)

Alan Shearer has changed his mind and wants to go into management straight away instead of forging a career in television. (Daily Star Sunday)

Brian Kidd is in talks with Sheffield United about joining Neil Warnock’s backroom staff. (People)

New Sunderland boss Roy Keane wants ex-Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr to become youth team coach at the Stadium of Light.

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