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September 5, 2006

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The News Review:

* Not Many Goals at World Cup, Predicts Scolari
* Klose dismisses talk of San Marino goal fest
* Macedonia gets racism warning over England game
* McClaren hopeful about Ferdinand
* World champions Italy stumble
* World champions Italy stumble but France win
* World Cup finalists in clash
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Macedonia tipped to qualify

Not Many Goals at World Cup, Predicts Scolari
Deutsche Welle – Sep 5, 2006
“Attack with six players and defend with eight when you lose the ball. That is football at the moment,” Scolari said in an interview with Kicker magazine. “For that reason I do not think this World Cup will be a goals fest. There will not be as many goals as at previous World Cups. ”

At the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea the 64 matches produced 161 goals at a ratio of 2. The 57-year-old Scolari, who led Brazil to World Cup glory four years ago, guides Portugal at the finals and believes his side have improved since Euro 2004 when they reached the final as hosts… The 57-year-old Scolari, who led Brazil to World Cup glory four years ago, guides Portugal at the finals and believes his side have improved since Euro 2004 when they reached the final as hosts. “I think our team are better than at Euro 2004,” Scolari said. “We had to go through qualifying this time and that was an advantage as we coped with the pressure. “I would say that we are one of the best eight teams in the world at the moment. ”

Portugal are pooled with Mexico, Iran and Angola in World Cup Group D with their first match against debutants Angola in Cologne on June 11.

Klose dismisses talk of San Marino goal fest
Independent Online – Sep 4, 2006
Klose, who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup, could be forgiven for thinking about swelling his goals tally of 31 in 63 internationals but the Werder Bremen forward is not getting overconfident. “We want to win this game and that is all that counts. I am not thinking of scoring three or four goals myself,” Klose said at Monday’s press conference. “San Marino will be compact and defend in numbers but we already know that. It is up to us to break them down and we will not make the mistake of underestimating them… “If we had scored early on it could have been a comfortable victory so we hope it goes better against San Marino in that respect. “Victory by a few clear goals would be ideal but it all depends on how early the breakthrough comes. ”

It is Germany’s first competitive away match in over two years – with the last being their 2-1 Euro 2004 group defeat to the Czech Republic in Lisbon – and Klose acknowledges the team need to get used to not having the home fans that spurred them on at the World Cup. “It is all so different after the World Cup and we have to get used to playing abroad,” the 28-year-old added. “I do not know how many spectators will be there but it will not be like a home game, that is for sure.

Macedonia gets racism warning over England game
International Herald Tribune – Sep 5, 2006
England traveled without injured defender Luke Young and reserve goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. Wayne Rooney remains suspended after his red card in the World Cup quarterfinal loss to Portugal, leaving Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe as the likely strikers. England and Macedonia played in qualifying for Euro 2004, with the English being held to a humiliating 2-2 draw at home before winning 2-1 in Skopje, the match tarnished by racist abuse. Katanec said he regarded England as a soccer “superpower” but still hoped for an upset. “England is the favorite in the group.

McClaren hopeful about Ferdinand
CNN International – Sep 5, 2006
"He came through training yesterday and will train again this afternoon,"said McClaren. "Provided he comes through without reaction then I will decide on my team," added McClaren. He said that defender Luke Young and goalkeeper Chris Kirkland would not be with the squad after picking up ankle and back injuries respectively. McClaren also said he was under no illusion about how tough the match was going to be. Exactly three years ago to the day England beat Macedonia 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in Skopje when Macedonian fans burnt English flags in a match overshadowed by racist abuse from the home supporters. UEFA have warned that if there is a repeat of that behavior the match could be awarded to England under tough new statutes aimed at dealing with violence or racism at matches. "The difference with three years ago is that sanctions are much tougher now… He said that defender Luke Young and goalkeeper Chris Kirkland would not be with the squad after picking up ankle and back injuries respectively. McClaren also said he was under no illusion about how tough the match was going to be. Exactly three years ago to the day England beat Macedonia 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in Skopje when Macedonian fans burnt English flags in a match overshadowed by racist abuse from the home supporters. UEFA have warned that if there is a repeat of that behavior the match could be awarded to England under tough new statutes aimed at dealing with violence or racism at matches. "The difference with three years ago is that sanctions are much tougher now. Macedonia risk forfeiting the game 3-0 if their supporters misbehave," UEFA spokesman William Gaillard told Sky Sports News. McClaren echoed UEFA’s view saying the English FA, the Macedonian FA and UEFA are all committed to ridding the game of racism.

World champions Italy stumble
The Age – Sep 3, 2006
The Dutch had an unexpectedly tough battle in Luxembourg,securing all three points with a 17th-minute goal from JorisMathijsen. There were also big wins for Scotland, which beat the FaroeIslands 6-0 in Glasgow, Slovakia, which beat Cyprus 6-1 and Norway,which stunned once-mighty Hungary 4-1 in Budapest. European champions Greece, which has been far from impressivesince winning Euro 2004 in Portugal, opened its campaign with anarrow 1-0 win in Moldova thanks to a late goal from substituteNikos Liberopoulos. Italy was expected to enjoy a party atmosphere in Naples againstLithuania, which had never scored a goal against the Italians infour previous meetings. New Italian coach Roberto Donadoni fielded a B squad in afriendly against Croatia last month, which Italy lost 2-0, but hadmany of the World Cup players back for his first competitivefixture in charge. The World Cup trophy was paraded atop a blue sportscar beforethe match, but it was Lithuania which hit top gear first with TomasDanilevicius scoring the opener after 21 minutes. Italy levelled eight minutes later through Filippo Inzaghi, butcould not add to its tally in the second half and had to settle fora point… Florent Malouda and Louis Saha grabbed the early goals and thevisitors made it 3-0 less than a minute after the break whenThierry Henry was credited with the goal which was directed intohis own net by Georgia full back Malkhaz Asatiani. England wase also untroubled as it began its campaign with a 5-0win over Andorra at Old Trafford. There was not such good news for the other British teams asWales lost 2-1 to a last-minute Czech Republic goal in Prague andNorthern Ireland was crushed 3-0 in Belfast by Iceland. Eidur Gudjohnsen scored his 17th goal for his country to equalthe all-time Icelandic scoring record set by Rikhardur Jonsson whoscored 17 times between 1947 and 1965.

World champions Italy stumble but France win
Pakistan Dawn – Sep 4, 2006
The Dutch had an unexpectedly tough battle in Luxembourg securing all three points with a 17th-minute goal from Joris Mathijsen. There were also big wins for Scotland, who beat the Faroe Islands 6-0 in Glasgow, Slovakia, who beat Cyprus 6-1 and Norway, who stunned once-mighty Hungary 4-1 in Budapest. European champions Greece, who have been far from impressive since winning Euro 2004 in Portugal, opened their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win in Moldova thanks to a late goal from substitute Nikos Liberopoulos. Earlier Angelos Basinas blasted a penalty kick over the bar. Italy were expected to enjoy a party atmosphere in Naples against Lithuania, who had never scored a goal against the Italians in four previous meetings. New Italian coach Roberto Donadoni fielded a B squad in a friendly against Croatia last month which Italy lost 2-0, but had many of the World Cup players back for his first competitive fixture in charge. The World Cup trophy was paraded atop a blue sportscar before the match, but it was Lithuania who hit top gear first with Tomas Danilevicius scoring the opener after 21 minutes… They also took control of the game with two early goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard inside the first 13 minutes. Crouch added another to take his tally to 10 goals in his last nine England matches, with Jermain Defoe also scoring twice. There was not such good news for the other British teams as Wales lost 2-1 to a last-minute Czech Republic goal in Prague and Northern Ireland were crushed 3-0 in Belfast by Iceland. Eidur Gudjohnsen scored his 17th goal for his country to equal the all-time Icelandic scoring record set by Rikhardur Jonsson who scored 17 times between 1947 and 1965. Switzerland and Austria, who co-host the finals in 2008, were involved in a four-team tournament in Switzerland, with the Swiss winning their early match 1-0 against Venezuela in Basel. Austria twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Costa Rica in Geneva later. Results:
Group A
Poland 1 Finland 3
Serbia 1 Azerbaijan 0
Group B
Italy 1 Lithuania 1
Georgia 0 France 3
Scotland 6 Faroe Islands 0
Group C
Moldova 0 Greece 1
Hungary 1 Norway 4
Malta 2 Bosnia 5
Group D
Germany 1 Ireland 0
Czech Republic 2 Wales 1
Slovakia 6 Cyprus 1
Group E
Estonia 0 Israel 1
England 5 Andorra 0
Group F
Spain 4 Liechtenstein 0
Latvia 0 Sweden 1
Northern Ireland 0 Iceland 3
Group G
Luxembourg 0 Netherlands 1
Romania 2 Bulgaria 2
Belarus 2 Albania 2
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World Cup finalists in clash
NEWS.com.au – Sep 5, 2006
article-tools –> BARNABY CHESTERMAN September 05, 2006 11:15pm FRANCE and Italy are gearing up for a grudge rematch tonight as the next round of Euro 2008 qualifiers kicks off around Europe. The match had already been billed as a revenge mission for the French after their World Cup final defeat on penalties in July. But if that, and former captain Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi, were not enough to stoke the fires of discontent before kick-off, the neighbours and perennial rivals have also resorted to trading insults in the build-up. Italian bulldog Gennaro Gattuso has described the French as bad losers ahead of the crunch Group B battle. "When we lost the Euro 2000 ten seconds from the end we didn’t go around moaning about it afterwards," said Gattuso. "It’s true that we usually find it a bit hard to swallow defeats, but they (France) are a lot worse. "At least on that score, Italy come runner-up to France," added Gattuso… And with the Italian league yet to begin, many of the Italian players are lacking in match practice this season. Meanwhile, England seems more worried by potential racist chanting than its opponent in its next outing against Macedonia in Skopje. The Macedonian FA was fined by UEFA after England’s black players were verbally abused during a Euro 2004 qualifier in September 2003. But captain John Terry, who played in that 2-1 win in Skopje three years ago, is confident England can block it out. "It’s a hostile place to go. It was a little bit unpleasant there last time, but we’ll shut that out," he said. "Half our squad are black and half are white and we know we have the full support of all the England fans and that’s all that matters going into a game like that.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Macedonia tipped to qualify
BBC News – Sep 4, 2006
He has fond memories of playing England – in a Euro 2004 qualifier four years ago the Macedonian scored from a corner to embarrass goalkeeper David Seaman. Sakiri, 32, told BBC Sport: “We drew against England and in the World Cup qualifiers we drew twice with Holland. “Nobody expected it – we’ve a good team and a chance to be first or second. ”

Sakiri says Macedonia’s recent World Cup qualifying campaign was ultimately scuppered by two poor results against Andorra, who are also in Euro 2008 qualifying Group E – with England, Russia, Israel, Estonia and Croatia.

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